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Richard's pipit

(Anthus richardi)


The pipit of Richard ( Anthus richardi ) is a species of passerine bird of the family Motacillidae that lives in Eurasia and the northern half of Africa.Breeding in the open grasslands of North Asia.He is a long-distance migrant who moves to South Asia and to a lesser extent to Africa.In Western Europe it is a rare but habitual rambling,except in southern Spain,where winter goes regularly.The scientific name of this species is due to the French naturalist Richard de Lunéville.It is a large pipit;it measures between 17-20 cm and has a wingspan of between 29 and 33 cm;weighs 25-36 g.It is a slender bird that usually stays very upright.It has long,yellowish-brown legs,a long tail with white outer feathers and a rather long dark bill with a yellowish base.It is camouflaged on the floor with the brown tones that predominate on its back;its lower parts are pale.The upper parts have dark streaks while the belly and flanks are smooth.On his face and superciliary list pale highlight the eye list,the mustache and the malar list.There are certain variations between the different subspecies or varieties.A.r.sinensis is somewhat smaller than the nominal subspecies and with fewer dark spots above,A.r.centralasiae is greater and is of earthy colors above,and A.r.Dauricus is more mottled above.Its flight is strong and wavy,during which it emits its so-called explosive characteristics that sound similar to those of the common sparrow.Its song is a series of repetitive notes that it also emits while flying in a wavy manner.It can be confused with some other pipit of its area of ​​residence,such as the steppe pipit and eastern pipit.The steppe Pipit has shorter legs,tail and beak,its tail is less white and is more streaked on the upper parts.In adults of steppe pipit the wing coverts are blunt with the dark center,while the pipits of the dark centers are mottled at the tip of the pen.The calls of the steppe pipit are less shrill.The eastern pipit is smaller than the pipit of Richard,it has the tail and wings shorter and its chest is less mottled;Your calls are also more muted.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
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