French: Pipit maritime German: Strandpieper Spanish: Bisbita costero
Other common names:
Eurasian Rock Pipit
coast of Wales
Subspecies and Distribution
A. p. kleinschmidti
E. J. O. Hartert, 1905 – Faroes and outlying Scottish islands of Shetland, Orkney, Fair Isle and St Kilda.
A. p. petrosus
(Montagu, 1798) – Western Rock Pipit – coasts of Ireland, Britain (except SE), Channel Is and N & NW France.
A. p. littoralis
C. L. Brehm, 1823 – Scandinavian Rock Pipit – coasts of Fennoscandia and NW Russia; winters in W European coasts (S from S Scandinavia) and NW Africa.
16·5–17 cm; 18–32·5 g. Nominate race has narrow, broken whitish eyering, sometimes hint of pale supercilium, grey-brown to olive-brown lores and ear... read more
Song, in flight, a sequence of sharp notes repeated in series, with several theme changes, usually... read more
Exposed rocky sea coasts and islands with low vegetation; occasionally breeds away from coast, e.g... read more
Food and feeding
Prey comprises a range of invertebrates, from terrestrial snails and slugs (Mollusca), worms (Annelida), small crabs and other crustaceans... read more
Mid-Mar to Aug, varying with latitude, from Jun in far N; double-brooded in S of range. Monogamous, but polygyny reported in Sweden (race... read more
Resident and migratory. Nominate race largely resident, with some short-distance dispersal; ... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Global population estimated at c. 408,000 pairs, of which majority (c. 300,000) in Norway. Densities vary from 0·9 to 6 pairs/km of... read more
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