Tree Pipits showing pale 'ear' spot

The pale 'ear' spot of the Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni is a very useful supporting field feature of the species (see Brit. Birds 72: 95, for example) and this is borne out by my experience of this pipit in India and Nepal in winter. Tree Pipits A. trivialis can, however, also show a distinct pale buff spot on the rear ear-coverts too (more o

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