Winter migrant to
where it can be occurred as several races
while Grey-headed wagtail (M.f. thunbergi) is the commonest of them which can
be seen throughout the country in grasslands and marshes. There are few other races (M.f. bema [Syke’s
Yellow wagtail], M.f lutea [Yellow-headed Wagtail], M.f. melanogrisea
[Black-headed Yellow wagtail], M.f. simillima [Siberian Yellow Wagtail], M.f.
feldegg) those are rare to very rare migrants and vagrants to the dry lowlands.
During its stay in Sri Lanka Grey-headed wagtail feeds as scattered flocks on grasslands, dry
tank beds, paddy fields, etc often accompanying with cattle. It roosts communally in reed-bed or swamp
scrub during the night. Grey-headed wagtail
breeds from North-eastern the island Europe to North-western Siberia.