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Conservation status: Amber

The water pipit is a large and stocky pipit. It is greyish-brown above and pale below with streaks on its breast. It has a pale stripe over its eye, a slender bill and dark legs. It does not breed in the UK, but is a winter visitor, mainly to southern and eastern England. It breeds in the Alps and other mountains of central and southern Europe.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Anthus spinoletta

Family

Pipits and wagtails (Motacillidae)

Where to see them

In suitable habitat in the winter in eastern and southern England.

When to see them

October to April

What they eat

Insects and larvae

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
--190 birds-

Distribution

Key