Water Pipit
Water Pipit
Water Pipit (Non-breeding plumage)
Scientific Name 
Anthus spinoletta
Arabic Name 
جشنة الماء
Kuwaiti name 
16.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Very common winter visitor and common passage migrant. The most abundant wintering pipit in Kuwait. Often seen in very large flocks, especially on agricultural land or on the coast. Up to 320 recorded in mid December 2002.
Where in Kuwait 
It picks items from the ground or from low-lying vegetation as it walks, and may also feed along coastal zones, inland pools and cultivated farmlands and during migration is pretty widespread across Kuwait.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It breeds in the mountains of southern Europe and southern temperate Asia across to China. It is a short-distance migrant moving to wet open lowlands such as marshes and flooded fields in winter. It moults twice each year, revealing distinctive breeding plumage during the summer.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and pesticides.