Red-throated Pipit

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Anthus cervinus

Malay Name: Apit-apit Rengkung Merah

Chinese Name: 红喉鹨

Range: Found in northern Scandinavia to NE Siberia and winters to Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Japan and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 15-16.5 cm

Identification: 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: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week Mar 19-Mar 25
Early date 30 Oct 2018
Late date 12 Apr 1992
Somewhat unlike most other migrants, the largest numbers of this species are usually observed in the spring.


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.

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