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Anthus hodgsoni



  • Upperparts greenish brown streaked with darker brown
  • Bold white supercilium
  • White double wingbar and outer rectrices
  • Underparts white to buff streaked with dark brown on breast and flanks

Sexes similar.


Widespread throughout Asia and the northeast of Russia.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. h. yunnanensis:
  • A. h. hodgsoni (berezowskii):

A third subspecies, berezowskii is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Open woodland and orchards, gardens, grasslands, wetlands and town parks.



Diet includes insects, grass and weed seeds.


It builds a cupshaped nest of moss and grass placed on the ground under a tuft of grass or boulder. The 3-5 eggs are dark brown, spotted darker. Usually two broods are raised.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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