In a fairly open grassy area, one is confronted with a long-legged passerine running about on the ground. It has a fairly fine bill and one can immediately say that it is either a pipit/wagtail (Motacillidae) or a lark (Alaudidae). The tail is quite long and thus eliminates any west Palearctic lark. The upright stance, streaky appearance of the upperparts and rather heavy-looking bill are more in k


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