Story: Birds of mountains and open country

Pipit nest with chicks

Pipit nest with chicks

Pipits make their nests in clumps of grass, tussock, bracken or scrub. They may lay two or three clutches through the spring and summer, with two to five eggs in each. When the adults come to feed the chicks, they land some distance from the nest then approach on foot – possibly to avoid giving away the location to potential predators.

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How to cite this page:

Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - New Zealand pipit', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015