Pechora Pipit

Anthus gustavi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

Code 4

PEPI

Code 6

ANTGUS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Pechora Pipit has a huge range of between 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, the Russian Federation, and Taiwan and in vagrant populations in Europe and the UK. Its preferred habitats are forest, shrubland, grassland and wetland environments. The global population of this species has not been calculated, but is considered significant. It is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Pechora Pipit have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Pechora Pipit: Small, shy pipit with heavily streaked, dark brown upperparts. The breast, sides, and flanks are washed yellow with heavy black streaks. Belly and outer tail feathers are white. It is named after the Pechora River Valley in northeastern Russia, where it breeds and nests.

 

Range and Habitat

Pechora Pipit: Breeds in the tundra of northern Asia, eastwards of Russia. It is a long-distance migrant, moving in winter to Indonesia. Rarely in September and October, the Pechora Pipit may be observed in Western Europe. Rare visitor to the Aleutians and St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Breeding habitat is damp tundra, open forest or marshland.

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Pechora Pipit SONGS AND CALLS

Pechora Pipit KK1

Song is a rapid, buzzy trill followed by rattles or a warble.

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Voice Text

"pit", "pipit", "pwit", "zip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although the call is generally helpful when identifying pipits, this species calls far less than most.
  • It creeps mouse-like in long grass, and is reluctant to fly even when disturbed.
  • The Pechora Pipit was first described in 1863 by Robert Swinhoe, an English naturalist.
  • This, combine with its skulking habits, makes this a difficult bird to find and identify away from its breeding grounds in the Arctic.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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