Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens)

Yellowish Pipit

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Motacillidae | [latin] Anthus lutescens | [UK] Yellowish Pipit | [FR] Pitpit jaunatre | [DE] Savannenpieper | [ES] Bisbita Amarillento | [NL] Gele Pieper


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Anthus lutescens SA widespread, also w Panama
Anthus lutescens lutescens
Anthus lutescens parvus
Anthus lutescens peruvianus

Physical charateristics

Slender bird with upperparts streaked buff and brown. Small eyering and underparts yellowish and on breast streaked yellowish with brown. Blackish tail with outer feathers white. Bill thin with upper mandible dusky and and lower mandible paler.

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South America : widespread, also West Panama


Its natural habitats are temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and pastureland.


Monogamous specie which breeds in small colonies of 15-20 pairs. Nest is built on the ground in grass and is ovenlike shaped. Clutch 2-4 eggs. No further data.

Feeding habits

Like all pipits forages by walking and running through short grass or open land. Hunts mainly for insects, hard to see when crouched in grass.


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.

It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In Suirname only found in the Sipilawini savanna.

Yellowish Pipit status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Yellowish Pipit distribution range map

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