Meadow Pipit

Scientific name: Anthus pratensis

Did you know: The Meadow Pipit, often overlooked due to its subtle appearance, is actually the most common songbird in the UK’s upland areas!

What Do Meadow Pipits Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Meadow Pipits are small, brown, and streaky birds. They are recognisable in flight by their white outer tail feathers and exhibit a fluttering ‘parachute’ display flight during the breeding season. 

In winter, they become more social, forming small flocks.

Differences Between Male And Female Meadow Pipits

There are no marked differences in appearance between male and female Meadow Pipits. Both genders share similar streaky brown plumage, making visual sexing challenging.

What Do Meadow Pipits Eat?

Meadow Pipits feed primarily on insects like flies, beetles, moths, and spiders. Their diet adapts seasonally, with the inclusion of berries during autumn.

Where Do Meadow Pipits Live? (Including Migration Info)

These birds are predominantly found in upland areas, favouring open habitats like pastures, moors, and heathlands. While many are migratory, travelling to southern Europe and North Africa in winter, some remain resident in western Europe all year.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Meadow Pipits)

The Meadow Pipit’s call is a high, piping sound, characteristic of upland areas. During the breeding season, their song consists of a series of ascending notes followed by a longer, trilled note.

Fun Meadow Pipit Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Meadow Pipits perform a unique ‘parachute’ flight during the breeding season.
  • They can form sizable flocks in winter, often going unnoticed until they suddenly take flight.
  • Despite their small size, Meadow Pipits are hardy birds, thriving in upland areas.
  • They are experts at camouflage, blending seamlessly into their grassy habitats.
  • Meadow Pipits are often chosen by Cuckoos to host their eggs, a classic example of brood parasitism in birds.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Meadow Pipit

Diet: Insects - flies, beetles and moths - and spiders.
Bird Family: Pipits and wagtails
Length: 14.5cm
Wingspan: 22-25cm
Weight: 15-22g
Scientific Name: Anthus pratensis

The Meadow Pipit Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December