Scientific Name: Anthus hodgsoni
Malay Name: Apit-apit Pokok Timur
Chinese Name: 树鹨
Range: Found in Siberia, Mongolia, China to Japan and winters to Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: hodgsoni, yunnanensis.
Size: 16-17 cm
Identification: 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: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Olive-backed Pipit. Retrieved on November 26, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/olive-backed-pipit.