The slim body and long legs of the bird in plate 160 (repeated here as plate 216), with that obvious, long, fairly flat hind claw, long tertials, relatively long, narrow tail and distinctive, darkcentred, pale-edged median coverts all point to a pipit Anthus. This is one group that many people find very difficult to get to grips with, but this bird, even though it is facing away from us, is actual

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