Scientific Name: Anthus cervinus
Malay Name: Apit-apit Rengkung Merah
Chinese Name: 红喉鹨
Found in northern Scandinavia to NE Siberia and winters to Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan and Southeast Asia
Size: 15-16.5 cm
Adult is characterised by heavily streaked upperparts with prominent streaked back, rump and uppertail-coverts, prominent blackish streaks/spotting on breasts and flanks and pinkish-red head-sides, throat and upper breast. Reddish coloration on head tend to be less extensive on autumn/winter birds and females and completely lacking in juveniles.
Similar looking species: Olive-backed Pipit
Habitat: Grasslands and open habitats, often near water.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages by walking along ground, pecking at a variety of insects and occasional seeds.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Changi, Tuas, Punggol Barat, Turut Track and Ulu Sembawang.
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