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Olive-Backed Pipit or something else ?

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Old Wednesday 15th May 2019, 13:47   #1
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Olive-Backed Pipit or something else ?

Hi fellow birders,

I saw this bird near Nainital, Uttrakhand, India on the 13th of April.
My guess is that it is an olive-backed pipit (Anthus hodgesoni) on migration. The strong eyebrow-stripe suggests it is not a tree pipit.

Can anyone hekp me make a certain determination ?

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Tree Pipits Winter in Africa, during April they would be in transit to Europe, OBP for me.

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face pattern including white spot behind cheeks and olive mantle perfect for Olive-backed Pipit
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Tree Pipits Winter in Africa, during April they would be in transit to Europe, OBP for me.

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Ken, Asian population winters in S.Asia.

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Didn’t realise they went that Far East Grahame, now where’s that range map.
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Didn’t realise they went that Far East Grahame, now where’s that range map.
https://www.hbw.com/species/tree-pipit-anthus-trivialis IOC (and Alstrom) do not recognise either schlueteri or sibricus as valid ssp. so slight are the differences from nominate.

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