Red-throated Pipit

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

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: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Changi, Tuas and Punggol Barat


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