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American Pipit
Anthus rubescens

Starlings, Pipits and Waxwings
Pipit Family (Motacillidae)

Size: Length: 16.5 cm Wingspan: 25-28 cm

Description: Formerly known as the water pipit, this common summer resident prefers rocky habitats at or above treeline. Within Alberta, the American pipit is a true alpine resident, with very few nesting records outside of the mountains. Look for it in similar habitats to horned larks and white-tailed ptarmigans, particularly in moist willow-mountain avens communities. They are a drab, sparrow-sized bird that walks along the ground looking for small invertebrates and seeds. They have a narrow bill and light eyebrow line. Their head, nape, back, wings and tail are gray-brown with dusk streaking. The breast is pinkish-buff coloured with some short vertical streaks. They often feed in groups, preferring to walk, rather than hop along the surface. They nest on the ground, under some natural cover. They may nest in an opening in a scree slope. The rough nest is made of twigs and grass, and lined with soft materials.

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