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Wildlife in Italy: Red-throated Pispola Anthus cervinus Pallas, 1811

Wildlife in Italy: Red-throated Pispola Anthus cervinus Pallas, 1811

Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformi
Family: Pipits
Kind: Anthus
Species: TO. cervinus Pallas, 1811

The red-throated pispola is a breeding nest scattered in sub-arctic willows or marshes, above all beyond the limits of tree vegetation. It migrates south through eastern and central Europe (rare accidental in the west). In Italy it is also irregularly wintering.

Red-throated Pispola - Anthus cervinus (photo Dûrzan Cîrano)

Red-throated Pispola - Anthus cervinus

Red-throated Pispola - Anthus cervinus (photo Andreas Trepte www.photo-natur.de)

Distinctive characters

Length: 14.5 cm
Wingspan: 26 cm

The coloring of both adult sexes in a wedding dress is greenish brown in the upper parts with marked cream and very dark brown streaks. Beak (fairly tapered) brown - yellowish and pinkish carnacine legs. The lower parts are white with blackish stripes especially on the sides with throat, high chest and sides of the head light red (more intense in males). In winter dress throat, high chest and sides of the garment are more dull. Young people and individuals in the first winter differ in having the absence of light red parts with sides of the head suffused with greenish brown and stripes on the sides of the throat. They also add whitish stripes on the back.

Biology

Look for food on fields with little vegetation and wet uncultivated meadows, puddles. The flight is with alternating beats of wings and rather linear.


Video: Red-throated Pipit. Birds in the autumn. (January 2022).