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The meadow pipit is one of the most common bird species in Ireland. It suffered badly in the cold winters in 2009/2010/2011, and presumably also had a hard time in 2018. This has led to significant decline in the population in Ireland, to the extent that it has been red-listed, but looks like it has been recovering well.
The meadow pipit prefers rough pastures and upland sites. It is a relatively nondescript bird, with few features that distinguish it from other similar species. It feeds mainly on insects and invertebrates.
Image (c) by Andreas Trepte used under Creative Commons License BY-SA 2.5.
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