Red-throated Pipit

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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)

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BirdLife International. (2019). Anthus cervinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. 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.