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Bird name:

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

BTO 2

MP

BTO 5

MEAPI

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Meadow Pipit is resident in much of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It is on the "Amber" list because it is considered Near Threatened in Europe.

SUMMARY

Overview

Meadow Pipit: Small pipit, olive-brown above and grey to buff below, with brown streaks overall and spots from breast to flanks. Belly and outer tail feathers are white. Thin bill is pink to brown, legs and feet are dull pink. Undulating flight, alternates flapping its wings with short glides.


Range and Habitat

Meadow Pipit: Resident in the UK and Ireland. In the winter highland birds move to lowland areas or to northern Africa, Spain, or Portugal. Passage migrants from Scandinavia, Greenland, and Iceland arrive in the spring and fall. Found on upland moors, marshes, lowland heaths, grassland and fields.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"sweet-sweet", "tseep", "tsuet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Meadow Pipit is also known as a mippit, mosscheeper, or titlark.
  • It is the most common pipit in most parts of northern Europe.
  • Recent declines have been linked to changes in land and farm use, such as the loss of marginal land that formerly provided nesting sites.
  • A group of pipits are collectively known as a "flock" of pipits.

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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