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Pipit, Meadow
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Anthus pratensis
Afghanistan, Africa, Albania, Asia, Atlantic Islands, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Isles, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, England, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia Read more
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In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 7-16 million breeding pairs, equating to 21-48 million individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 75-94% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 22.3-64 million individuals, although f ...
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This is a widespread and often abundant small pipit, 14.5–15 cm long and 15–22 g weight. It is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly brown above and buff below, with darker streaking on most of its plumage; the tail is brown, with narrow white side edges. It has a thin bill and pale pinkish-yellow legs; the hind claw is notably long, longer than the rest of the hind toe. The call is a weak tsi-tsi. The simple repetitive song is given in a short song flight.[ 2] [ 3] Birds breeding in Ireland and western Scotland are slightly darker coloured than those in other areas, and are often distinguished as the subspecies Anthus pratensis whistleri, though it intergrades clinally with nominate Anthus pratensis pratensis found in the rest of the species' range.[ 2] [ 3] ...
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