How to identify

The Rock Pipit is a large stocky pipit, bigger than a Meadow Pipit and smaller than a Starling. It's streaky olive-brown on top and dirty white underneath, with dark streaking. It breeds around the coast where there are rocky beaches. Most of the birds which breed in the UK are residents, with only the young birds dispersing once they become independent. Some birds arrive here from Norway to spend the winter.


Rock Pipit

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  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
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  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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