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American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Flight call description A high, squeaky "jeep" or "jyeet-it", delivered singly or in a well-spaced series. More excited birds will give a run-together "jyeet-it-it-it-it", etc. All calls occur in two distinct pitches.
Fig.1. Maryland October 7, 1994 (MO).
Higher-pitched call from bird in flight.
Fig.2. Texas November 15, 2000 (WRE).
Lower-pitched call from bird in flight.
Examples Diurnal Nocturnal
Similar species Sprague's Pipit is similar but slightly lower with more complex or more arched notes. Also, Sprague's does not give a double note or multiple notes run together. Instead, excited birds will give a fast series of separate single notes.
Behavior Primarily a nocturnal migrant but engages in resumed migration. Flight calls are given primarily by birds in flight and only rarely by perched birds. Flight calls uncommonly heard from nocturnal migrants.