Richard’s Pipit

Scientific Name: Anthus richardi
Malay Name: Apit-apit Besar
Chinese Name: 理氏鹨

Range:
Found from Siberia, Mongolia to China and winters to SW Europe, northern Africa, Middle-East, Indian Subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy:
Monotypic

Size: 18-20.5 cm

Identification: Looks very similar to Paddyfield Pipit. Apart from bigger size, tendency to adopt a more upright posture and some very subtle plumage differences, it can only be separated confidently from Paddyfield Pipit by their unique calls when flushed in flight. Refer to http://digdeep1962.blogspot.com/2012/02/pipits-paddyfield-richards-and-blyths.html for an exposition on how to distinguish between the very similar-looking Paddyfield, Richard’s and Blyth’s Pipits.

Similar looking species: Paddyfield Pipit

Habitat: Grassland and other open habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Often seen stand up, with waggling tail. Favours grassy, often slightly wet areas. Frequently hovers before landing, mainly when dropping into tall grass.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Only one confirmed record in October 2015 at Khatib Bongsu.

Photo:

Richard's Pipit_DanielKoh
Richard’s Pipit from Thailand. Photo credit: Daniel Koh aka Hiker

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
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