Anthus petrosus - Rock pipit:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Passeriformes / Passeridae / Anthus / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
Distribution Western Palearctic; winters to north-western Mexico (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Shores of rocky coasts, in North western Europe" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly aquatic invertebrates, sometimes seeds
  • feeding behaviour - ground gleans


  • location and structure - crevice in bank or cliff
  • nest building - female
  • breeding structure - monogamous, polygynous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 3-5 (2-9)
  • broods - 2 broods
  • incubation - by female; 14-15 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - ?
  • fledging - 16 days

(B163, B164)

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