Tree Pipit & Meadow Pipit by Thorburn, 1924
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Tree Pipit & Meadow Pipit by Thorburn, 1924

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Tree Pipit & Meadow Pipit by Archibald Thorburn, 1924.
The tree pipit, Anthus trivialis, and the meadow pipit, Anthus pratensis, are small, migrant birds which can be found across Europe, Asia, and Africa. they are ground nesters and their diet consists primarily of insects. While very similar in appearance there are a few key differences. The tree pipit, which is shown perched on a branch and in flight, has a heavier beak and more contrast between its markings than the meadow pipit. It also has a stronger call and distinct flight song. The name pipit derives from the sound of the bird's call and was first documented by zoologist Thomas Pennant, in 1768. 
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) was a Scottish artist. His reputation as a bird illustrator was established in 1887 when he was commissioned to paint two hundred sixty-eight watercolors for Lord Lilford's Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Isles. Thorburn went on to illustrate a vast number of naturalist books, including several written by himself. In addition to being an artist, he was the vice president of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and maintained a close friendship with several other prominent bird illustrators, such as John Millais, whom he collaborated with on a number of publications. Thorburn paintings were regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Plate size: 3.625" x 6.5
Sheet size: 5.5" x 8.625"
Condition: Excellent.