Tree Pipit

Scientific name: Anthus trivialis

Did you know: The Tree Pipit, an unassuming yet captivating bird, performs a remarkable song-flight, ascending skyward while singing and then gracefully spiralling down like a leaf in the breeze.

What Do Tree Pipits Look Like? (how to identify them)

Tree Pipits are small, streaky birds displaying a delightful array of brown shades. Their sandy brown backs are adorned with dark lines, while their underparts are a subtle buff colour, speckled with fine black streaks. 

Notably, the Tree Pipit’s belly is starkly white, offering a sharp contrast to its darker flanks and breast. These birds are distinguishable from their close relatives, the Meadow Pipits, by their sturdy bill and the delicate streaking on their flanks. Spotting a Tree Pipit is a treat, especially in the UK’s western uplands, where they are a common summer sight.

Differences Between Male And Female Tree Pipits

Male and female Tree Pipits share similar plumage, making it a delightful challenge to differentiate between them. Both genders boast warm grey-brown upperparts and pale yellow streaks on their underparts.

What Do Tree Pipits Eat?

Tree Pipits are mainly insectivorous, delighting in a diet of small invertebrates. As the autumn months approach, their palate expands to include plant matter, particularly berries, adding a seasonal twist to their feeding habits.

Where Do Tree Pipits Live? (inc. migration info)

Favouring the scenic beauty of open woodlands, heathlands, and grasslands, Tree Pipits are widespread summer visitors across the UK. Intriguingly, these birds embark on a long journey to sub-Saharan Africa during winter, only to go back to the UK between the months of March and May. 

Their preferred habitats include glades of the open woodlands and heathlands dotted with trees scattered around the area.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Tree Pipits)

The Tree Pipit’s call is a musical tapestry, weaving enthusiastic notes of buzzing trills and descending scales. These birds are known for their spectacular song-flight, launching into the air and singing whilst descending on stiff wings, a true spectacle of nature.

Fun Tree Pipit Facts (kid friendly)

  • Tree Pipits can sky-dance! They fly high up and then parachute down, singing all the way.
  • Their nests are like secret hideaways, tucked away on the ground.
  • Cuckoos sometimes trick Tree Pipits into raising their chicks.
  • In winter, they travel thousands of miles to Africa.
  • Tree Pipits love a varied diet – from insects to berries.
  • They can be spotted across the UK, but they really like Scotland.
  • Their song sounds like a series of buzzing trills.

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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 Tree Pipit

Diet: Mainly small invertebrates. Some plant matter, especially berries, in autumn.
Bird Family: Pipits and wagtails
Length: 15cm
Wingspan: 25-27cm
Weight: 20-25g
Scientific Name: Anthus trivialis

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

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October