Richard’s Pipit

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

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


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 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.


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