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Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)


The Water Pipit has a length of 15 – 17 cm and can weigh between 18.7 – 23g. The adult of the nominate race in spring plumage has greyish-brown upperparts, weakly streaked with darker brown, and pale pink-buff underparts fading to whitish on the lower belly. There may be some faint streaking on the breast and flanks. The head is grey with a broad white supercilium. The outer tail feathers are white, and the legs, bill and iris are dark brown or blackish. In non-breeding plumage, the head is grey-brown and the supercilium is less distinct. The sexes are similar although the female has, on average, a greyer head. Young birds resemble the non-breeding adult but are browner and more streaked above with prominent streaking on the underparts.


The Water Pipit predominately dwells in wetter areas along coastal wetlands, marshes, rice fields and similar habitats.


Feed mainly on invertebrates including snails, caterpillars and spiders.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.


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