Background

The Meadow Pipit is a streaky bird primarily consisting of different shades of brown, with black and white patches. Their numbers saw a decline in the 1970’s during a shift in agricultural practices, and their numbers haven’t fully recovered yet. They are therefore placed in the “Near Threatened” category.

Habitat

This species can be found in a number of geographical locations from western to eastern Europe, with an all year round presence in Britain, and from France to Northern Germany. The Meadow Pipit is a winter visitor to Scandinavia, and breeds in Southern Europe during the summer months. Their habitat primarily consists of moorlands, marshes and farmland.

Diet

Insects such as flies, beetles, and spiders.

Predators & Threats

Primary predators of the Meadow Pipit include large birds and foxes.

Facts

  • Breeding season is between April and June.
  • They lay 3-5 eggs per clutch.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Meadow Pipit,  Mippit, Mosscheeper, or TitlarkAnthus pratensis
Size
 15 cm
Lifespan
 Around 3 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Meadow Pipit