Blyth's Pipit

Anthus godlewskii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

ANTGOD

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blyth's Pipit has a large breeding range of 2,150,000 square kilometers. It breeds on sparse, rocky grasslands and slopes in Mongolia and parts of adjacent Russia and Mongolia, and winters in rice fields and other open habitats in India, Sri Lanka, and western Thailand. Individuals that breed in northern and eastern Asia winter in southern Asia, vagrants occasionally reaching Palau. Although an estimate for the global population of the Blyth's Pipit is unknown, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Blyth's Pipit: Buff-brown to Streaked black-brown above; wings are tipped buff with two pale wingbars. Tail is black-brown with rufous tinged central feathers; buff below and orange-buff on flanks, vent and undertail. Upper breast has dark streaking, cream colored supercilium extending behind the eye with thin black moustachial stripe and broad buff submoustachial stripe, narrow black malar stripe. Female is similar and juvenile is paler and has white wingbars and feather tips.


Range and Habitat

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Blyth's Pipit SONGS AND CALLS

Blyth's Pipit JJ1

Call is a repeated "chep".

Blyth's Pipit JJ2

Typical song.

Similar Sounding

Red-throated Pipit P1

Song is a series of whistled and buzzing notes, "chu-chu-chu, see-see-see, tsee".


Voice Text

"chup", "choop", "zret", "zrit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It has a very distinct "pshee" call, that is higher pitched than the Richard's Pipit.
  • Their nests are built amongst grass tufts.
  • They live in open country, grasslands, and along edges of reservoirs and marshy areas.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Malar stripeX
Also called whisker, mustache or malar streak, it is the area below the eye and bill on the sides of the chin that stretches downwards.
SuperciliumX
Also called the superciliary, it is the arch of feathers over the eye.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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