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Old Friday 8th February 2008, 19:07   #3
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Hi Kevin,
Certainly Olive-backed Pipits, and very nice pics! The small pipits that occur in China, as far as I'm aware, are Red-throated, Pechora and Olive-backed, though species like (Asian) Buff-bellied may not look that large either, but Olive-backed differs from all the rest due to the combination of relatively plain, olive-toned, upperparts, pink legs, relatively short hind claw (if this can be seen), the typical head pattern (with obvious dark and white spots, distinct supercilium (with a dark upper border)), calls (if heard, a buzzing call similar to that of Tree), jizz (Tree and OBP share a 'creeping' gait, a tendency to fly up and perch on tree branches within the canopy, tail-pumping etc).
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