English: Pechora Pipit,
Siberian Pipit, Menzbeir’s Pipit
Russian: Сибирский конёк
French: Pipit de la Petchora
Body length: 14-15 cm.
Breeds in boggy areas with open conifer forest and willows, on damp tundra with
scattered trees and bushes, by swampy river banks with rushes, willows and
isolated trees. Summer visitor (Jun-Sep), winters in SE Asia. Rare vagrant in W
Europe, mostly Sep-Oct; odd spring records. Terrestrial. Hard to flush,
scampers mouse-like in vegetation.
Owing in boldly streaked upperparts, with whitish strips along mantle-sides
(often a hint of a secondary stripe) and frequently dark patch on throat-side,
most resembles young red-throated Pipit, but differs as follows: somewhat
heavier bill with usually pinkish or light brown base; shorter tertials, which
do not cover primaries right to the tips; more prominent pale, almost whitish wingbars;
contrast between white belly and buff breast (Red-throated Pipit more uniform
yellowish-white below); crown and ear-coverts rather light rufous-brown,
distinctly streaked dark; tendency to have dark lores but indistinct
moustachial and lateral throat stripes; supercilium short and diffuse, finely
streaked; tail-sides not pure white.