Sunday, December 11, 2022

American Pipit

The American pipit is a songbird found on both sides of the northern Pacific: (a) Canada, the U.S. and Mexico on the eastern side (three subspecies) and (b) Russia, Japan and China on the western side (one subspecies), which is also known as the Japanese pipit or buff-bellied pipit. 
It has lightly streaked gray/brown upperparts and diffusely streaked below on the buff breast and flanks. The belly is whitish and the legs and bill are dark. The Japanese pipit is darker above, has bolder black streaking on the underparts and the legs have a reddish hue. 

It is insectivorous and usually found walking on the ground. I saw one in that fashion, but the other was on a metal fence. 

I visited Mojave Narrows Regional Park in Victorville, California yesterday, my first time there, and was very impressed with the varied terrain available. This was the first time I've seen an American pipit. 

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