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Berthelot's Pipit - BirdForum Opus

Photo by steenl
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, November 2006
Anthus berthelotii


13-14.5 cm

  • Grey upperparts
  • Whitish underparts with some breast streaking
  • Whitish supercilium and eyering
  • Dark eye and moustachial stripes

Juveniles are browner than adults


Madeira and the Canary Islands.

ssp. madeirensis
Photo by Peter Truelove



There are 2 subspecies:

  • A. b. madeirensis:
  • Madeira Archipelago (Madeira, Desertas, Porto Santo and Baixo Islands)
  • A. b. berthelotii:


Open country and urban areas. Rocky beaches and sand dunes. Pine forests, scrub and mountains to at least 1,800m.



The 3-5 eggs are laid in a ground nest.


Call: schrip or tsrie (rather like Yellow Wagtail)
Song: given in undulating song-flight, tschlip tschlip tschlip tschlip , reminiscent of Tawny Pipit also tsivrr tsivrr tsivrr tsivrr.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. BF Member observations

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