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Title: First breeding records of Tawny pipit Anthus campestris
Authors: Galea, Raymond
Coleiro, Charles
Keywords: Tawny pipit -- Breeding -- Malta
Birds -- Malta
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Birdlife Malta
Citation: Galea, R., & Coleiro, C. (1995). First breeding records of Tawny pipit Anthus campestris. Il-Merill, 28, 22-23.
Abstract: The Tawny Pipit Anthus campestrisis a common spring and autumn passage migrant. There is only one 'summer' record, on 9 June 1983 (Gauci 1986-87). 1st breeding record: A Tawny Pipit was observed singing from an exposed perch in a garigue area alongside the road above Dingli Cliffs on 1 July 1993 at 06.30hrs. The bird was singing on a small territory, flying from one perch to another and also perching on rocks on the ground. It was also observed in an undulating song flight. This behaviour suggested breeding and the ground was searched for a possible nest. At this time the bird circled just above our heads, singing from time to time, and landing very close to us. At one time another bird, this time a fully fledged young (tail not fully grown) approached the site, and the singing adult flew near him, after which both left in different directions. Next day, an adult and a juvenile were seen together, with the adult bird carrying a food item in its bill. On the morning of 4 July two adults, possibly male and female, and a juvenile were seen together, when one of the adults was observed feeding a worm to the young bird. The three birds were seen again on 8 July. The area was subsequently visited several times and one last bird was seen on 14 July. In most cases only one or both adults were seen, singing in the same area.
Appears in Collections:Il-Merill : issue 28 : 1992-1994
Il-Merill : issue 28 : 1992-1994

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