Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Anthus
and allied genera, of the family Motacillidæ
. They strongly resemble the true larks in habits, colors, and the great length of the hind claw. They are, therefore, often called titlarks
, and pipit larks
. [1913 Webster
" The meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis); the tree pipit, or tree lark (Anthus trivialis); and the rock pipit, or sea lark (Anthus obscurus) are well-known European species. The common American pipit, or brown lark, is Anthus Pensilvanicus. The Western species (Anthus Spraguei) is called the American skylark, on account of its musical powers."