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
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)
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)
BirdLife International. (2019). Anthus cervinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22718560A137415441.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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