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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Rock Pipit

 

Rock Pipit

 

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit  

 

Rock Pipit

Anthus petrosus

Gaelic: gabhagan

 

Photographs © Christine Walling
South Lochs - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
7th October, 2009

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  • Rock Pipit
  • Anthus petrosus
  • Gaelic: gabhagan
  • WI: Common resident breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)
  • Small dark, darting bird often found on near seaweed covered rocks. Very dark legs. A dark pointed bill. Plumage generally dark greyish-brown. Below streaked markings on greyish breast. (Meadow pipit has pinkish legs & is usually more brightly coloured with contrasting streaked markings.
  • Similar birds: Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit

 

Rock Pipit records in the Western Isles

Anthus petrosus littoralis is a common resident breeder (1000 -10,000 pairs)

The Scandinavian race Anthus petrosus littoralis is a rare visitor (less than 30 records)

The Hebridean form Anthus petrosus meineetzhageni is not considered a separate subspecies (BOURC)

Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Rock Pipit is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Christine's online photo album

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