Olive-backed Pipit

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Scientific Name: Anthus hodgsoni
Malay Name: Apit-apit Pokok Timur
Chinese Name: 树鹨

Found in Siberia, Mongolia, China to Japan and winters to Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: hodgsoni, yunnanensis.

Size: 16-17 cm

Resembles Red-throated Pipit but has plain greenish-olive upperparts, broad whitish supercilium and lacks the pinkish-red head-sides and throat.

Similar looking species: Red-throated Pipit

Habitat: Wooded area.

Behaviour/Ecology: Eats mainly insects, but takes some seeds, especially outside the nesting season. Forages on the ground or in low trees.

Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Anthus hodgsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22718550A88191672.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Alström, P. & Mild, K. (2004). Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America. Christopher Helm.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.