Subject: Pipit leg colour Date: Sep 22 12:44:09 1994 From: Alvaro Patricio Jaramillo - jaramill at sfu.ca
I just looked up Ben King's 1981 Am Birds article on pipits to check on the leg colour question. He mentions that breeding _japonicus_ are darker on the upperparts, browner and have pale brown legs. The pale leg colour is retained during the non-breeding season. For the North American types he states that the first fall birds are like the adults but browner, often tinged chocolate, the underparts darker pinkish-buff and often has *** pale *** legs. From this description it would seem that it may be quite difficult to ID a young N. American bird from a _japonicus_ bird. Another problem is the lack of info on young _japonicus_ pipits. At the moment I feel that we are best off looking and doing a lot of note taking on pipits before we start calling them as _japonicus_.