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Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus L 16-17cm. Bulky, dark pipit invariably found within sight of sea. Sexes are similar. Adult and juvenile have streaked dark grey-brown upperparts and rather grubby yellowish underparts, heavily streaked on breast and flanks. Throat is pale and note indistinct pale supercilium and eyering, and dark sub-moustachial stripe. Legs and bill are dark and outer tail feathers are grey. Voice Utters a single pseet call. Meadow Pipit-like song is delivered in flight; starts and ends on a cliff-side rocky outcrop. Status Locally common resident, found on rocky coasts and cliffs in summer; commonest in N and W. More widespread, but still coastal outside breeding season.
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