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American Pipit
Formerly merged with Water Pipit. Note the reduced ventral streaking and buff underparts suggesting that this individual is starting to molt into breeding plumage. This species goes under the name Buff-bellied Pipit in European literature but in winter they lack the buff-colored underparts which this species gets in the breeding season. Alström & Mild merged the race A. r. pacificus as a junior synonym of nominate. However pacificus is still recognized as valid by Clements/eBird and H&M4 but not by IOC. If recognized, pacificus is supposedly more heavily streaked and more yellow (less buff) below. Also possible in this area is A. r. alticola which breeds above tree line in the Sierra Nevada of California. It has much reduced ventral streaking.

Reference: Alström, P. & Mild, K. (2003) Pipits & Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America. Identification and Systematics. Christopher Helm, London.
Location
Merced, California, USA
Date taken
17 February 2021
Scientific name
Anthus rubescens
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A great shot Joseph. Pipits are some of the birds I struggle with. Guess I have to hunker down and look at it in detail...
 
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Oh that's really lovely Joe.

A grand job you've done here with this pipit my friend. Thanks lad.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
83
Comment count
5

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.5
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/400
ISO
100
Filename
AmericanPipitIMG_6149.jpg
File size
257 KB
Date taken
Wed, 17 February 2021 11:54 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 711px

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