Inhabits open shrubby areas, especially near edges with sedge, grass, or dwarf shrub. Prefers moist areas with tussocks and vegetated hummucks, cut banks along creeks, tops of river bluffs, roadsides, ditches, and mining operations (Badyaev et al. 1998).
Badyaev, A. V., B. Kessel, and D. D. Gibson. 1998. Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava). In The Birds of North America, Vol. 7, No. 382 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists’ Union.