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Paddyfield Pipit

From Opus

Alternative name: Oriental Pipit

Photo by JasnjohnPutrajaya, Malaysia, March 2006
Photo by Jasnjohn
Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 2006
Anthus rufulus


[edit] Identification

15–16 cm (5¾-6 in)

  • Long creamy-buff supercilium
  • Upperparts streaked greyish-brown
  • Pale underparts with breast streaking
  • Long legs andd tail and a long dark bill
  • Sexes are similar
  • Juveniles have warmer brown upperparts.

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto by Shantilal VaruBhavnagar, Gujarat, India, August 2016
Photo by Shantilal Varu
Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, August 2016

Asia: found in Mongolia, China, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Japan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas, Bali, Timor

[edit] Taxonomy

This species was formerly a part of a much larger species called Anthus novaseelandiae which was split in African Pipit, Mountain Pipit, Paddyfield Pipit, Richard's Pipit and Australasian Pipit.

[edit] Subspecies

Around six subspecies recognized[1]

  • A. r. waitei:
  • North-western Indian subcontinent
  • A. r. rufulus:
  • A. r. malayensis:
  • A. r. lugubris:
  • A. r. albidus:
  • A. r. medius:
  • Eastern Lesser Sundas (Sawu, Timor, Roti, Kisar, Leti, Moa, Sermata)

[edit] Habitat

Open country, grasslands, ricefields, scrub and parks up to 1500m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] Breeding

A ground-nester.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of insects

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur village, Dist. Gurgaon Haryana, India, Aug-2016
Cummunating call given by one individual at Sunset-time;
and another brief call by an individual as it flew off.

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Nazafgarh Wetlands, Dist. Gurgaon Haryana, India, Dec-2016

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations
  6. Here is a thread discussing the identification of Paddyfield Pipit. [[1]]

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