Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Red-throated Pipit, Pivot Fields, Dubai, November 2010 - click for larger image

Pivot Fields, Dubai
November 2010

The Red-throated Pipit breeds in the tundra mainly north of the Arctic Circle from Norway to Kamchatka and across the Bering Strait to western Alaska. It winters in Africa, mainly south of the Sahara and in south-east Asia. In the UAE it is a common migrant and winter visitor arriving in mid-September and leaving in early May.

In non-breeding plumage the red on its face and throat is replaced by pinkish-buff to buff. It retains the bold blackish and creamy white stripes on the upperparts.

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