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Meadow Pipit
Anthus pratensis
Size: 14-16cm
UK Status: very common resident breader / very common passage visitor / very common winter visitor

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Typical pipit; olive-grey-brown back with dark streaks, buff breast with dark streaky speckles fading to white belly. Very similar to Tree Pipit, best distinguished by call and song flight, as both pipits can be found in similar habitats. Meadow Pipit soars up from the ground and delivers song while fluttering back down to earth. Slightly less defined eye markings than Tree Pipit, with narrower pale eye ring. Adult Meadow Pipit's have darker pink legs. Resident in Britain, inhabiting heathland, meadows, marshes, estuaries etc. Ground dwelling.

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