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Meadow pipit - Photograph: Stephen Street/

Meadow Pipit .A small, brown, streaky bird, it is the commonest songbird in upland areas and its high, piping call is a familiar sound. In flight it shows white outer tail feathers and in the breeding season it has a fluttering 'parachute' display flight. In winter they are quite gregarious and gather in small flocks, often invisible among the vegetation, suddenly flying up with typical jerky flight.Found across the UK but commonest in the west and north

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Bird species vanish from UK due to climate change and habitat loss

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis) have disappeared from sites in south england. Due to climate change

Meadow Pipit photograph (Anthus pratensis) taken at Caerphilly Common, Glamorgan on 29 April 2008

The Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) is a small passerine bird which breeds in much of the northern half of Europe and also northwestern Asia, from southeastern Greenland and Iceland east to just east of the Ural Mountains in Russia, and south to central France and Romania; there is also an isolated population in the Caucasus Mountains. It is migratory over most of its range, wintering in southern Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia.

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