The pipits are onomatopoeically named for their calling sound. They are lark-like in their streaky plumage and long hind claws but smaller and more slender than larks, often longer-tailed. Along with the wagtails and longclaws, the pipits make up the family Motacillidae. Pipits are trim, slender birds with thin, pointed bills. They are chiefly terrestrial and walk or run rapidly, catching insects on or near the ground.
See also: Meadow pipit