The Berthelot’s Pipit, Anthus berthelotii, is a small passerine bird which breeds in Madeira (an island group located about 520 km or 323.11 miles from the African coast and 1,000 km or 621.37 miles from the European continent) and the Canary Islands (located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara).
It is a common resident in both archipelagos.This species is named after the French naturalist Sabin Berthelot, one-time resident of the Canary Islands, by Carl Bolle. Berthelot’s Pipit is found in open country.
This is a small pipit, 13-14.5 cm in length. It is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly grey above and whitish below, with some breast streaking. It has a whitish supercilium and eyering, with dark eye and moustachial stripes.
Males and females look alike, but juveniles are browner than adults.
Similar Species: This species appears shorter tailed and larger headed than Meadow Pipit.
Calls / Vocalizations
Its call is a “schrip” like Yellow Wagtail, and the song, given in flight, is a chattery “tsivrr tsivrr tsivrr tsivrr“.
Breeding / Nesting
The nest is on the ground, with 3-5 eggs being laid.
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