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Tawny Pipit - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mugil
Secovlje Salina, Slovenia, May 2005
Anthus campestris


Photo © by Mike Barth
Dibba, UAE, 22 October 2011

16.5-18 cm (6½-7 in)
The pale sandy plumage, bold eye-stripe and prominent line of black feathers on the median coverts are also useful features.
Juveniles are more heavily streaked and hence are confusable with Richard's Pipits, but are sleeker and always show distinctive dark lores.

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Photo © by bievrejj
Port-Saint-Louis-du- Rhone, Camargue, France, 22 April 2022

The almost complete lack of streaks on the underparts is one of the best ways to tell a Tawny Pipit, though beware summer plumage Water Pipit. Tawny Pipit looks bigger and leggier than other pipits.


Europe and Asia and northwest Africa, wintering to sub-Saharan Africa.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Two subspecies have all been included under the main one, so kastschenkoi and griseus no longer recognized.


Dry open country including semi-deserts.


Their diet consists mostly of insects, including grasshoppers and locusts; supplemented with seeds.


It nests on the ground; the clutch consisting of 4-6 eggs.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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