21/11/2007 at JEO the 2nd of Buff-bellied Pipit
A Buff-bellied Pipit, the second record for Kuwait of ssp. japonicus, was found and photographed by A. Al-Sirhan today. The first Buff-bellied Pipit was seen on 11/02/2005 by A. Bailey, B. Foster and G. Gregory.
Description of the Buff-bellied Pipit 2nd record: Upperparts dark brown, olive tinged, and faint dark streaks on mantle, median and greater coverts with off white fringes much paler than that of Water pipits nearby, buff supercilium with pale lore and white eye ring. Underparts: Fairly buffish specially on flanks, prominent dark streaking on breast and flanks with a malar patch and a faint malar stripe, also shows a dark moustacial stripe, the streaking on breast go further down on breast along with the pinkish legs this suggests it is the ssp. japonicus. Bare parts: The bill is not very dark when compared with the nearby Water Pipits but slenderer and shorter with pale base, legs pale pinkish much paler than nearby Water Pipits which are of the ssp. coutellii and have very dark legs.