The meadow pipit is a common songbird, particularly in upland areas. It is small and brown, with streaky colourings and produces a high, piping call which is a familiar sound to many. They can be quite hard to spot when they're amongst the vegetation and will fly up high with a jerky looking flight.
When flying, the tail feathers are white on the outer part and can be seen performing a fluttering 'parachute' display flight during the breeding season. When winter arrives, the meadow pipit often gathers in small flocks due to their sociable nature.
Since the mid-1970s, numbers of meadow pipits have been declining in the UK which includes this on the amber list of conservation concern.
Their diets mainly consist of spiders, flies, moths and beetles.
This colourful, regular, ground nesting summer visitor breeds throughout Europe, many overwintering across the vast plains of Africa.
Black and white bird distinguished by its tail bobbing antics as it hops along. They are also known as the white wagtail.