Berthelot's Pipit (Anthus berthelotii)
Species
Berthelot's Pipit (Anthus berthelotii berthelotii). Taken at Tequital, Fuerteventura, on March 14th 2018.
Taken at Tequital, Fuerteventura, on March 14th 2018.
(1/2000th sec at f7.1. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 13 - 14.5 cm

Berthelot's Pipit is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly grey above and whitish below, with some breast streaking. It has a whitish supercilium and eye-ring, with dark eye and moustachial stripes. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are browner than adults.

Berthelot's Pipit is a Macaronesian endemic, occuring on Madeira (subspecies madeirensis) and the Canary Islands (subspecies berthelotii).

It is found on dry plains, stony and sandy terrain with low vegetation, and also mountain slopes.

It behaves more like a desert lark than a pipit, making rapid mouse-like dashes interrupted by fleeting stops.

Sightings

15-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
11-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
09-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands