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common name for a group of chiefly Eurasian and African birds that together with the wagtails constitute a subfamily of songbirds related to the Old World warblers and thrushes. Pipits are trim, slender birds with thin, pointed bills. They are chiefly terrestrial and walk or run rapidly, catching insects on or near the ground. The pipit's plumage is streaked and mottled brown; the wagtail's is more boldly patterned. Pipits resemble larks and are sometimes called field larks, or titlarks. The few American species include the water, or rock, pipit, Anthus spinoletta, which breeds in the Arctic and winters in the E United States, and the Sprague's pipit of the Great Plains, noted for the spectacular courtship flight and song of the male. The African longclaw has elongated hind toes suited to running over the veldt. The wagtails, members of the same family, are named for their habit of bobbing their tails, and are usually found near water in temperate Eurasia and Africa; the only New World species is the yellow wagtail of the northern tundra. Pipits and wagtails are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Motacillidae.

pipit

any of various songbirds of the genus Anthus and related genera, having brownish speckled plumage and a long tail: family Motacillidae
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The water pipit lives a strange life in that it breeds in warmer climes, but often spends the winters in territory where there is a chilly wind blowing through its feathers.
Moreover, no serious disturbance by human activities took place in the study areas (hunting is prohibited in most areas where waterfowl species were counted and in the case of woodcock, skylark and meadow pipit the number of visits by hunters was very low).
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Although the pilot project is not yet complete, early indications are that survey coverage for some of the grassland species of highest concern--Sprague's pipit, Baird's sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii), the chestnut-collared and McCown's longspurs (Calcarius ornatus and Calcarius mccownii, respectively)--is improved.
The Ostrovne lE[bar]ky network is one of the three most important nesting areas of the red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) in Slovakia as well as an important breeding area for the tawny pipit (Anthus campestris) and lesser grey shrike (Lanius minor).
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But RSPB Cymru's partnership report - The State of Birds in Wales today - shows birds such as linnet, blackcap and tree pipit have increased on the previous year, driving a welcome upswing in the Wild Bird Indicator.
Meadow pipit numbers have fallen by more than half in Europe and in the UK by 43%.
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