Belongs to: larks and pipits

Compare with: meadow pipit

Rock pipit Anthus petrosus


Best time to see: Oct to mid Mar

Key facts

A dark pipit, regularly visiting the Essex coast in winter

Habitat: rocky shorelines, estuaries; rarely seen inland

Recognition

Dark pipit with grey outer tail and dark legs; 15 cm

Walks and perches openly on rocks or small bushes, feeding on insects

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Photo © Leslie Borg