Living Bird Magazine
American PipitAnthus rubescens
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Motacillidae
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.More ID Info
- Bisbita Pechianteado (Spanish)
- Pipit d'Amérique (French)
- Cool Facts
- The American Pipit was long known as the Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta ), a wide ranging species with seven subspecies occurring from the shores of Great Britain and Scandinavia, and the high mountains of Europe and central Asia, to North America. Recent taxonomic studies, however, have shown that the three North American subspecies, along with the most eastern Asiatic one, are best regarded as a distinct species.
- In an alpine population in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming, a snow storm buried 17 American Pipit nests for 24 hours. All of the nestlings that were 11 days or older survived, but only a few of the younger ones did.
- The American Pipit was at least 4 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in New Hampshire.