Scarce passage migrant and winter visitor. A small, widespread Eurasian pipit. Not as common in Kuwait as it is further west during winter. Sometimes seen in small groups on passage.
Where in Kuwait
A species of open habitats, either uncultivated or cultivated areas like arable croplands. In winter, it also uses saltmarshes and sometimes open woodlands and is recorded in the Jahra area, Al Abraq and farmlands.
In the world
It has an extremely large range and in Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate decline. It breeds in much of the northern half of Europe and also northwestern Asia. It is migratory over most of its range, wintering in southern Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia, but is resident in Ireland, Great Britain, and neighbouring areas of western Europe. However, even here, many birds move to the coast or lowlands in winter. It is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly brown above and buff below, with darker streaking on most of its plumage.
Habitat loss and degradation.