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Paddyfield Pipit

Common name for a small passerine bird in the pipits and wagtail family Motacillidae, and with the scientific designation Anthus rufulus. It is a resident breeder that dwells in open scrub, grasslands and cultivated terrain, in southern and southeastern Asia. It grows up to 15 centimeters tall, and is rather common in appearance, with a plumage mainly streaked grey-brown above and pale below, and with streaking on the breast. It has long yellowish-grey legs, a long tail and a long semi-dark bill. Sexes are similar, as are the summer and winter plumages, though juvenile birds are more richly coloured below than adults, and show warm ginger-buff wash across the breast and flanks.