Paddyfield Pipit

Scientific Name: Anthus rufulus

Malay Name: Apit-apit Biasa

Chinese Name: 田鹨

Range: Found from Indian subcontinent, southwest China to southeast Asia

Taxonomy: 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.

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 (BirdLife International 2016)

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


BirdLife International. (2016). Anthus rufulus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. 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.

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