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American Pipit


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The American Pipit is a small, slender, drab bird of open country. Although it appears similar to sparrows, it can be distinguished by its thin bill and its habit of bobbing its tail.

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Adult Description

  • Medium-sized songbird.
  • Brown and striped.
  • Thin bill.
  • White outer tail feathers.
  • Bobs tail up and down.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Sprague's Pipit has pale legs, pale face, buffy upperparts with strong streaks, and unstreaked flanks.
  • Rare Red-throated Pipit much more heavily striped above and below, and usually has reddish throat.
  • Vesper Sparrow has thick bill, dark cheek patch, and heavier chest streaking.

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