The water pipit (Anthus spinoletta) is a small passerine bird which breeds in the mountains of southern Europe and southern temperate Asia across to China. It is a short-distance migrant moving to wet open lowlands such as marshes and flooded fields in winter. Some birds migrate north to Britain for winter, taking advantage of the warm oceanic climate.

Like most other pipits, this is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly brown above and dark streaked buff below. It has dark legs, white outer tail feathers and a longish dark bill. In summer it has a distinctive breeding plumage, with a pinkish breast, grey head and pale supercilium.



The Eurasian rock pipit's subspecies littoralis in summer plumage is very close in outward appearance to the water pipit. They can be told apart by their song, and occupy different habitat types even when they occur in the same general area. The water pipit is also much less approachable than the Eurasian rock pipit, rising high and quickly leaving the vicinity when approached. Water and buff-bellied pipit do not co-occur except in a small area in Central Asia.

This species is insectivorous. Its call is an explosive "fit", like Eurasian rock pipit. Its song is similar, but it consisting of maybe 5 "blocks" of just about half a dozen notes each (the Eurasian rock pipit has fewer, but longer blocks); it ends either with no or with repeated trills.

Formerly included in the water pipit were the subspecies now separated as rock pipit and buff-bellied pipit. The former is more closely related to the water pipit than the latter, as indicated by external and molecular characteristics.

The genus name Anthus is the Latin name for a small bird of grasslands, and the specific spinoletta is a word for a pipit local to the Florence area.
Water Pipit
Date Location Count
2021-09-16 11:58Serra da Capelada3
2021-08-23 08:00A Veiguiña de Conso2
2021-09-06 18:07Pedrafita do Cebreiro--O Cebreiro2
2021-09-04 10:05Los Ancares ZEPA--Pico del Lago y Pico Mustallar1
2021-08-30 10:30Lago de Sanabria PNat--subida a Peña Trevinca3
2021-08-29 18:31Fonte da Cova e arredores2
2021-09-05 15:37Lago de Sanabria PNat--Laguna de los Peces15
2021-08-31 08:15Lago de Sanabria PNat--Área General11
2021-09-09 16:13Alto Sil--Braña de Susañe2
2021-08-25 18:30Puerto de Leitariegos
2021-09-10 13:27Somiedo PNat--La Peral/ fuente las Machadas,2
2021-09-12 11:04Somiedo PNat--Veiga la Penouta42
2021-08-21 07:47Somiedo PNat--La Peral/Mirador del rey11
2021-08-23 12:49El Puertu--Somiedu/Puerto de Somiedo--Somiedo3
2021-09-01 15:13Babia y Luna PNat--Lago de Babia2
2021-08-31 22:26Somiedu--Val.le de L.lagu, Braña Sousas/Somiedo--Valle de Lago, Braña Sousas
2021-09-19 10:28Somiedo PNat--Valle de Lago2
2021-09-13 12:07Somiedo PNat--Lagos de Saliencia8
2021-09-03 10:05Babia y Luna PNat--Riolago-Pueblo y alrededores2
2021-08-26 16:01Puerto de la Ventana (vertiente Asturias)1
2021-08-28 08:49Babia y Luna PNat--Las Ubiñas10
2021-08-26 09:51L.lena--Tuiza2
2021-08-26 10:26L.lena--Puertu la Cubilla/Lena--Puerto de La Cubilla2
2021-08-27 15:00Alto Gamonitero8
2021-08-31 09:50Sierra de Béjar-Candelario--Piornal de El Travieso4
2021-09-05 09:54Sierra de Béjar-Candelario--Cuerda de El Calvitero6
2021-09-17 18:30Sierra de Béjar-Candelario--La Covatilla (above 1.400 m.a.s.l.)3
2021-08-28 11:00L.lena--Brañil.lin, Valgrande/Lena--Brañil.lín, Valgrande
2021-09-11 17:22Sª de Gredos--Cinco Lagunas6
2021-09-15 16:43Puerto de Peñanegra2
2021-09-13 08:35Sª de Gredos--Laguna Grande6
2021-09-12 14:08Sª de Gredos--Los Barrerones (piornales)15
2021-08-27 09:38Sª de Gredos--Plataforma1
2021-08-28 09:09Montaña de Riaño y Mampodre--Pico Susarón3
2021-08-31 15:00Picos de Europa PN--Lagos de Covadonga3
2021-08-27 12:49Cangues d'Onís--Llagos de Cuadonga/Cangas de Onís--Lagos de Covadonga2
2021-09-13 08:11Picos de Europa PN--Area General (use specific hotspot if possible)15
2021-09-12 13:49Picos de Europa PN--Collado Jermoso y Jou del Llambrión10
2021-09-12 08:40Picos de Europa PN--Vega de Liordes y canal de Pedabejo15
2021-09-10 08:30Picos de Europa PN--Cabaña Verónica3
2021-09-04 09:00Naranjo de Bulnes
2021-08-21 12:35La Tornería - Los Resquilones2
2021-09-10 09:37Picos de Europa PN--Estación Superior y alrededores, Fuente Dé6
2021-08-26 10:46Picos de Europa PN--Puertos de Áliva
2021-09-10 14:27Vega de Liébana--Puerto de San Glorio3
2021-08-22 11:30Cardaño de Arriba--Pozo de Las Lomas7
2021-08-26 10:12Cabrales--Sotres4
2021-08-24 16:45Alto Campoo--Mirador Fuente del Chivo3
2021-08-27 09:31Alto Campoo--Brañavieja
2021-09-11 09:40Campoo--Sierra de Híjar4
2021-08-26 16:46Guadarrama PN--Puerto Navacerrada1
2021-08-24 13:21Espinosa de los Monteros--Picón Blanco1
2021-09-11 10:49Sierra de la Demanda PNat--Pico Trigaza6
2021-08-22 08:25Montes Obarenes-San Zadornil PNat--Pico Humión3
2021-09-14 11:05Ernio-Gazume7
2021-08-22 19:31Lónguida--balsa de Villaveta6
2021-09-11 12:14Baztan--Gorramendi2
2021-08-29 12:36Lindus
2021-09-16 18:30Garralda--Area General Norte2
2021-08-26 10:38Selva de Irati ZEC--ermita de la Virgen de las Nieves5
2021-09-06 09:45Ochagavía--Puerto de Larrau4
2021-09-01 14:00Pointe Saint-Clément1
2021-08-23 09:06Isaba--Belagua7
2021-09-04 10:00Isaba--refugio Ángel Olorón5
2021-08-21 09:00Valles Occidentales PNat--Sierra de Alano
2021-08-23 08:00Larr RN--Mesa de los Tres Reyes/Table des Trois Rois
2021-09-18 07:56Valles Occidentales PNat--Valle de Aguas Tuertas2
2021-09-12 15:56Portalet30
2021-08-22 11:45Puerto Viejo de Sallent1
2021-09-06 10:30Torla1
2021-08-30 10:00Barranco de Bernatuara
2021-09-04 11:00Ordesa PN--Valle de Ordesa5
2021-09-05 10:31Ordesa PN--Cuello Gordo1
2021-08-28Ordesa PN--Área general1
2021-08-30 08:00Ordesa PN--Cañón de Añisclo5
2021-08-21 08:15Lac des Gloriettes6
2021-08-24 16:52Cirque de Troumouse--Lacs des Aires17
2021-08-28 09:23Sierra de Liena8
2021-08-21 07:00Collado de Urdiceto1
2021-09-11 09:04Collado de Sahún5
2021-09-07 11:40Macizo del Turbón2
2021-08-26 11:00Posets-Maladeta PNat--Valle de Estós6
2021-08-25 10:30Posets-Maladeta PNat--Vallibierna6
2021-09-17 09:50Posets-Maladeta PNat--Plan d`Aigualluts12
2021-08-22 08:25Posets-Maladeta PNat--Embalse de Llauset10
2021-09-19 12:33Camí Baquerira-Montgarri3
2021-09-04 10:12Port de la Bonaigua50
2021-09-12 07:53Snettisham RSPB Reserve1
2021-09-17 11:46El Pas de la Casa6
2021-09-13 08:54Titchwell Marsh RSPB Reserve1
2021-08-28 06:20Cadí-Moixeró PNat --Ruta de la marmota2
2021-08-22 10:00Cadí-Moixeró PNat --Coll de Pal3
2021-09-11 07:20Collet de les Barraques5
2021-09-19 09:15Le Semnoz (Viuz-la-Chiésaz)13
2021-09-18 08:28Col de Bretolet2
2021-08-28 11:22Col de Bretolet3
2021-08-27 10:00Colle dell'Agnello1
2021-08-29 10:10Rochers de Naye2
2021-09-12 15:37Leysin (general area)3
2021-09-14 08:00Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard5
2021-09-07 16:04Lac de Tseuzier2
2021-09-11 08:14Wasserscheide Gurnigel (migration)
2021-09-10 12:19Monte Bertrand - Briga Alta1
2021-08-26 08:54Stockhorn5
2021-09-13 09:20Niederhorn1
2021-08-26 10:00Istituto Angelo Mosso / Pianoro glaciale di Cimalegna2
2021-08-24 11:00Mürren5
2021-09-02 09:00Hohgant5
2021-08-28 08:33Schrattenfluh2
2021-09-17 11:52Fiescheralp50
2021-09-05 09:21Pilatus2
2021-08-28 16:17Grimselpass
2021-09-14 12:43Oasi della Bruschera1
2021-08-27 08:00Greifensee--Stritgfenn1
2021-09-09 13:28Delta della Maggia--Terreni alla Maggia2
2021-09-17 23:02Delta della Maggia--Riserva ornitologica2
2021-08-25 13:42Saalbachniederung1
2021-09-12 12:20Lago di Luzzone1
2021-09-05 17:01Kaltbrunner Ried2
2021-09-04 12:15Cassonsgrat5
2021-09-04 08:30Gamsalp, Grabs, SG2
2021-09-04 04:21Oberdorf Toggenburg1
2021-08-25 12:16Hüttenkopf Rappenalptal5
2021-09-01 11:00Plose10
2021-09-04 09:00Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese5
2021-09-14 09:42Forca di Presta8
2021-08-31 09:00Riserva Naturale della Valle Canal Novo1
2021-09-07 09:08San Pietro della Ienca3
2021-09-05 10:41Campo Imperatore10
2021-08-24 11:03Dobratsch2
2021-09-09 11:13Ötscher3
2021-09-14 11:00Krkonošský NP--Luční bouda4
2021-09-19 07:07Ormož Lake1
2021-09-04 08:52Krkonošský NP--Sněžka4
2021-09-04 12:02Veľký Čepčín - agrocenózy--Nagycsepcsény2
2021-09-12 07:00Babia Góra National Park30
2021-09-16 09:17Tatry NP--Kasprowy Wierch4
2021-09-15 13:38Tatra National Park--green trail, Kuźnice, Kasprowy Wierch, Kondratowa Glade, Czerwone Wierchy
2021-09-18 06:30Parku Kombëtar Malet e Sharrit (Rajoni i Prizrenit) (Shar Mountain NP (Prizren District))--R1151
2021-09-12 08:30Ravnishte Village Area1
2021-08-22 12:44Mt Pangaion--Mati Peak and surrounding area10
2021-09-09 08:00Çakırca Köyü1
2021-08-27 06:45Feslikan yaylası5
2021-08-22 07:00Mogan Gölü--Genel Alan1
2021-08-24 10:00Akyayık-Merkal1
2021-09-18 12:00Haçka Yaylası
2021-08-29 08:00Altındere Vadisi5
2021-08-29 09:00Ovit Dağı
2021-09-12 12:00Ovit Dağı5
2021-08-21 11:16Yedigöller
2021-08-26 06:00Moryayla
2021-08-29 06:30Acıgöl - Dikme yaylası8
2021-09-05 17:03Mestia (town)
2021-09-19 12:12Zekari Pass30
2021-09-07 06:34Mt Tetnuldi--top slopes
2021-09-07 07:17Mt Tetnuldi--middle slopes
2021-09-08 17:57Ushguli
2021-09-06 12:40tekealtı dağı2
2021-09-18 18:16Bughdasheni Managed Reserve100
2021-09-18 16:34Madatapa Lake60
2021-09-18 15:05Saghamo Lake4
2021-09-07 08:47Tsagaan Lake, Khovd, MN (48.353, 91.647)1