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Conservation status: Red

Tree pipits have brown streaked upper parts and pale under parts with further streaking on buff tinged chest and flanks. They are very similar to meadow pipits but, on close inspection, may be distinguished by their heavier bill, shorter hind claw and fine streaking on the flank - they also have very different calls. Widespread summer visitors to the UK, they occur in particularly high densities in Western uplands. Their population has undergone declines over the past 25 years, especially in central and southern England.



Latin name

Anthus trivialis


Pipits and wagtails (Motacillidae)

Where to see them

Look in suitable habitat, especially newly planted conifers or open heath, in western UK.

When to see them

April to September.

What they eat

Mainly small invertebrates. Some plant matter, especially berries, in autumn.


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Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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