Pechora Pipit (Anthus gustavi)

Pechora Pipit

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Motacillidae | [latin] Anthus gustavi | [UK] Pechora Pipit | [FR] Pitpit de la Petchora | [DE] Petschorapieper | [ES] Bisbita del Pechora | [NL] Petsjora-pieper


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Anthus gustavi EU nc, ne Philippines to Lesser Sundas
Anthus gustavi gustavi
Anthus gustavi menzbieri
Anthus gustavi stejnegeri

Physical charateristics

Warm buff plumage sharply and copiously streaked, with no other markings showing at distance except for white belly and buff-white in outer tail-feathers; last lack cold and clean tone of tail-sides of other small pipits. Diagnostic marks apparent at close range include buff-white mantle-stripes, obvious pale double wing-bar, and fully streaked rump.
Long thought difficult to identify, but well-marked bird actually the most decorated of small pipits occurring in west Palearctic, with warm, heavily streaked, and bright appearance. Flight consists of erratic bursts of wing-beats interspersed with short bounds, floats, and glides; somewhat hesitant progress thus recalls Meadow Pipit. Flight silhouette also recalls Meadow Pipit, with rather short, straight-sided tail suggesting juvenile of that species. Shy, skulking in dense cover such as long grass and centre of bush. Difficult to flush, escaping first in low flits, then in high flight.

wingspan min.: 23 cm wingspan max.: 25 cm
size min.: 14 cm size max.: 15 cm
incubation min.: 12 days incubation max.: 13 days
fledging min.: 12 days fledging max.: 13 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 4  
      eggs max.: 5  


Eurasia : nc, Northeast


Breeds from fringe of west Palearctic eastward along a mainly subarctic band, apparently sandwiched between Olive-backed Pipit to south and Red-throated Pipit to north. Inhabits bushy tundra and remote taiga swamps, but not pure tundra, apparently preferring overgrown areas with tall dense sedge, reed-grass, and plentiful shrubs or even trees, mainly in lowlands, along rivers and coasts.


Breeding in Siberia: eggs laid late June and July. Probably one brood. The nest is built on the ground in low cover or in shelter of tuft of vegetation or low scrub. Nest is a substantial cup of grass and other leaves, lined with finer vegetation. The eggs are sub-elliptical to oval, smooth and glossy; pale grey, sometimes pink-tinted or even dark red-brown, with grey speckling overall, and occasional black hair-streaks or blotches at broad end. Clutch: 4-5(-6) incubated for about 12-13 days. Young fledge after 12-14 days.

Feeding habits

Chiefly insects. Forages mainly on ground picking food from lower parts of plant stems and leaves.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Anthus gustavi has a predominantly Siberian breeding distribution, which extends
just west of the Urals into northern European Russia. Its European breeding
population is small (as few as 1,000 pairs), but was stable between 1970-1990. Trend
data were not available during 1990-2000, but there was no evidence to suggest that
the species declined. Although the size of the European population could make it
susceptible to the risks affecting small populations, it is marginal to a much larger
non-European population. Consequently, it is provisionally evaluated as Secure.

Pechora Pipit status Least Concern


Migratory, wintering in East Indies. Because of thinly spread population, dates of movement remain obscure. In Britain (where 28 recorded up to 1985, almost all on Fair Isle, Scotland), occurs late August to mid-November (mostly late September and early October) and once (in Suffolk) in late April.

Distribution map

Pechora Pipit distribution range map

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