No.580 Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

L=15.5cm

Rank : 3
Winter Visitor
Resembles Water Pipit, but Olive-backed Pipit is mainly observed in forests, forest edges, and shrubs, while Water Pipit is often seen in riverbanks and wet land. This is not, however, a decisive distingushing point, because the latter is sometimes found in forests. Externally, Water Pipit has no white spot behind ear that Olive-backed Pipit has – a distinctive field mark. The species is mainly observed during autumn/winter season in Asakawa River basin; it will spend the rest of the seasons in the north or in mountain forests where it will migrate.
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Adult