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Tree pipit? Madrid (1 Viewer)

testoduro

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Is this a Tree Pipit?
Thank you in advance!
 

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KenM

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This looks more Tree than Meadow to my eye- appears to have a creamy yellow wash to the unders and face, no discernible streaking to the flanks, a less than contrasting eye-ring (normally the case with Meadow). Fleshy bare parts and fwiw I don’t think you can put too much faith in the fore-shortened hind claw (a bit like looking at an image of a swimming pool in someone’s garden/yard with the parallax making it look much longer than it really is. And finally it’s resting on a not insubstantial limb of a tree, something I’ve seen Tree Pipits do frequently but never Meadow.

Cheers
 

Deb Burhinus

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Europe
Not the best viewing angles but I agree with Ken, Tree Pipit for me too imo.
  • While the length of the hind claw is ambiguous and can be on both species due to variation, I see a hind claw steeply arched and bubble gum pink - on MP the claw is flatter and dark, only pink at the tip.
  • The bare part colouring is better for TP - again I see bubble pink legs not brownish pink and pink lower mandible (the latter being more yellowish in MP)
  • While the face features are not very distinct, it clearly has a broken eye ring in front of the eye, on MP the eyering is usually unbroken
  • From what can be made out of the few flank streaks visible, they look very fine to me and pencil mark like.
  • The base of the bill looks quite heavy imo
  • The wing coverts pattern look better for Tree Pipit
 

Alexander Stöhr

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Thank you, Ken and Deb! New features, that I didnt knew: different colour of claws and differences in behaviour (...And finally it’s resting on a not insubstantial limb of a tree, something I’ve seen Tree Pipits do frequently but never Meadow."). Interesting stuff, thanks again!
 

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