Category: Fylde Bird Club

hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Grey-headed Wagtail at Mythop

On 27th May 2015 a hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Grey-headed Wagtail was discovered by Frank Bird at Mythop Grange, Mythop, where it remained until the following day. The bird exhibited plumage features intermediate between the two forms: a blue-grey hood (darker than Blue-headed, paler than Grey-headed), a poorly defined supercilium (weaker than in Blue-headed, stonger than in Grey-headed), and pale below the eye (absent in Grey-headed). Such hybrids occur where the two subspecies meet in a zone from southernmost Norway east through central Sweden, southernmost Finland, and northern Estonia into Russia (Alström et al., 2003).

This represents the first Fylde record of a hybrid Blue-headed Wagtail x Grey-headed Wagtail.

Photo montages by Chris Batty.

Reference:  Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America, Per Alström, Krister Mild and Dan Zetterström