Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

The Meadow Pipit lives in the rough grazing habitats of the Rhön. Because the Meadow Pipit prefers to settle in cool and moist habitats, it suffers greatly from the effects of global warming. Due to these changes the population has fully retreated to higher ranges of the uplands. Therefore, the project which targets the higher areas of the “Hessische Rhön” is especially efficient.

profile of meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

Description: olive-tinged grey-brown and dirty white streaked plumage, a dirty white eye ring
Size: 14.5 cm
Weight: 24 g
Wingspan: 24 cm
Breeding season: starts around the Mid-April
Brood: 2 times a year, sometimes trice
Breeding habitat: on the ground of open landscapes, wet grounds with highly structured vegetation
Number of eggs: 4-5
Brooding period: 12 - 15 days
Food: Insects and small soil inhabiting animals and seeds
Lifespan: 5 years
Migratory bird: yes
Threats: predators, intensification of use, overgrowing shrubs
Measures: C.4 Optimisation of habitats for meadow-breeding bird species according to the Birds Directive in the SPA “Hessische Rhön”

C.3 Optimizing of habitats for bird species of the Birds Directive in rough grazing areas of the SPA “Hessische Rhön”

C.10 Management of predators in areas of meadow-breeding birds and rough grazing

Meadow Pipit - picture: Daniel Singer

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