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Tree Pipit

Anthus trivialis

The tree pipit has a brown mottled plumage and is easily overlooked unless recognized by its call. Photo Christer Hangelin.

General information. The tree pipit is a common passerine in bright woodlands and along the edges of forests. Its feathers are an indistinguishable brown color . This species is unknown to many despite being among one of the more common bird types in the area. It is most easily spotted on a warm, sunny day at the end of May, when the male species fly upwards in song, from pine groves at the edge of the forest.

The tree pipit builds a well hidden nest on the ground. Nesting season takes place from the end of May to July. It is extremely wary while brooding, which is why the number of confirmed nestings in the survey remains low.

  • Length 15 cm
  • Nests on the ground
  • Migrates to Africa for the winter
  • Feeds on insects

Habitat. The tree pipit can be found in all types of forests but thrives predominately in the fringe areas of sparse pine forests, forest clearings and heaths. The species has also been recorded in mixed type forests and lush waterfront groves.

Distribution in Vaasa. During the survey, the tree pipit was found in about 160 survey blocks. It can most easily be found in the forests by Pilvilampi or Öjberget. The species is not found in the archipelago nor in the vast cultivated farmlands of Söderfjärden. It does not occur in the city centre nor in Palosaari due to the dense, built up environment.