Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
Richard's Pipit, Pivot Fields, Dubai, November 2010 - click for larger image

Pivot Fields, Dubai
November 2010

Richard's Pipit breeds in southern Siberia, central Asia and China and winters mainly in southern Asia though there are some that winter regularly in southern Europe, north-west Africa and the Middle East. In the UAE it is a common migrant and winter visitor arriving in mid-September and leaving in mid-April.

It is a large pipit with long tail and legs and a very upright stance at times. Upperparts show dark streaks. The breast is also streaked. It frequently hovers before landing.

It is named after M. Richard of Luneville, a French naturalist.

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