Last December in France (lake of Divonne, Ain) I took a picture of this bird looking for some food on the beach of the lake.

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It looks like a specimen of the genus Anthus (Family Motacillidae) but as these specimen are quite difficult to identify (especially winter time), I would like to have some confirmation.

By the picture I found on different Internet sites, my potentials guess are (by order of confidence):

  1. Water pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
  2. Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
  3. Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens)
  4. Eurasian rock pipit (Anthus petrosus)

The Eurasian rock pipit could be present in the region while migrating but this is the less probable in my opinion.

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    $\begingroup$ Anthus spinoletta seems to be the way to go. It's feather patterns and beak shape are so identical to the one that you have posted. Considering that this was taken in December in France, it definitely matches with the seasonal locations of Anthus spinoletta. $\endgroup$ Apr 2, 2018 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with @Twisted Genes it's a water pipit no doubt. $\endgroup$
    – have fun
    Apr 3, 2018 at 8:45
  • $\begingroup$ if someone would post an answer, i will accept it. $\endgroup$
    – рüффп
    Feb 22, 2019 at 1:02

1 Answer 1


Water pipit


I agree with what was discussed in the comments and don't like open questions.

  • $\begingroup$ i understand that the quality of the answer is not high. but when you down vote please let me know why. the question is still open and needs to be answered. (in this community seems to be stricter rules than I'm used to from other stack exchange communities) $\endgroup$
    – and-bri
    Jun 12 at 13:13

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