Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
Tree Pipit, Cairngorms, Invernessshire, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image Cairngorms, Scotland
June 2005

The Tree Pipit breeds in most of Europe where there is suitable habitat and across to southern Iran and the Himalayas. It migrates southwards mainly to Africa and India in August and September returning around April.

It looks very like Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis but has a slightly heavier bill and has heavy streaking on the breast with only thin streaks on the flanks. It also perches on trees from where it starts its song flight.

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