Olive-backed Pipit

Anthus hodgsoni

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

Code 4

OBPI

Code 6

ANTHOD

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Olive-backed Pipit has a vast range reaching between 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found as a native species in many parts of Asia, including Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russian Federation, the UAE and China, and as a vagrant in parts of Europe, the UK, the Middle East and the United States among others. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 50,000 to 100,000 individual birds. Currently, 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 Olive-backed Pipit have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Olive-backed Pipit: Medium-sized pipit with finely streaked, olive-green upperparts. White underparts, chin, belly and undertail coverts. The sides and breast are pale brown with bold dark streaks. The eyebrow is buff-orange in front and white behind eye. The legs and feet are pink.

 

Range and Habitat

Olive-backed Pipit: Native to Eurasia. Breeds across much of southern, central, and eastern Asia and portions of European Russia. Winters across southern Asia and throughout Indonesia. Sometimes strays to islands off the west coast of Alaska. Prefers open grassy areas and hills, especially along rivers and bogs, and spruce-fir forests.

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Olive-backed Pipit SONGS AND CALLS

Olive-backed Pipit H1

Call is a repeated "tsee".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"seep-seep-sia-sia", "tsee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In Wyoming, a snow storm buried 17 American Pipit nests for 24 hours. All of the nestlings that were 11 days or older survived.
  • It is a long distance migrant.
  • The Olive-backed Pipit is also called the Indian or Hodgson's Tree Pipit, owing to the resemblance with the Tree Pipit.
  • There are 40 species of pipits worldwide, they are slender and often drab with medium to long tails.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
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.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X