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Scientific Name: Anthus trivialis
Malay Name: Apit-apit Pokok Barat
Chinese Name: 林鹨
Breeds throughout Eurasia, wintering in India, the Middle East, and Africa.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: trivialis, haringtoni.
Size: 15-16.5 cm
Underparts: Well marked narrow black streaks across the chest/breast on a warm buff base. Streaks do not extend strongly onto the flanks. Upperparts: warm buff/brown, with dark centred feathers giving a well marked, but not strongly contrasting, appearance. A well marked row of greater primary coverts were slightly darker centred and paler fringed than surrounding feathers, producing a clear (but not bold) wing bar.
Habitat: Open woodland, scrub and grass.
Behaviour/Ecology: Spends most time walking through long grass foraging for invertebrates with a horizontal gait and occasionally giving gentle tail pumps (which is also a feature of Olive-backed Pipit). Flies with a strong bounding flight into mid-canopy of trees where it would perch, rest and preen before returning to feeding on the ground.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
Past accepted records in our database:
BirdLife International. (2018). Anthus trivialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22718546A131985523.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Tyler, S. (2020). Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.trepip.01