Paddyfield Pipit

Scientific Name: Anthus rufulus
Malay Name: Apit-apit Biasa
Chinese Name: 田鹨

Found from Indian subcontinent, southwest China to Southeast East Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: rufulus, malayensis, lugubris, albidus, medius

Local Subspecies: malayensis

Size: 15-16 cm

Identification: Adult has mainly greyish-brown streaked upperparts, pale buff underparts with streaks around upper-breast and long bill/tail/legs.

Similar looking species: Richard’s Pipit

Habitat: Grassland and other open habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Typically has weaker, more fluttering flight pattern than Richard’s and rarely hovers before landing.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Lorong Halus, Tuas, Changi, Marina East Drive, Punggol Barat and other suitable habitats.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2
Per Alstrom, Krister Mild and Bill Zetterstrom (2003) Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America