Water Pipit

Anthus spinoletta

(A. s coutellii)

Armenian Name: Լեռնային ձիաթռչնակ
Water Pipit

See Plate 41 for Water Pipit and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:16.5-17 cm, Wing Span:22.5-28 cm
Distribution Map: Map 223.
Description: White supercilium, dark legs. Gray with brown tint above; off-white tips to secondary coverts.
Adult (Breeding): Bill black; underparts white with pink on throat, breast and flanks.
Adult (Non-breeding): Browner with more streaking overall; yellow at base of bill.
Similar Species: Differs from Meadow and Red-throated Pipits by larger size, less streaking, and darker legs.
Behavior: Prominent, frequent song-flight.
Habitat: Alpine and subalpine meadows in summer; lower elevations near water in winter.
Food: Invertebrates, seeds.
Nest: Grassy cup on ground.
Eggs: 21 mm, 4-6, gray-white, brown and grayish-violet spots.