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Photo © by rony_roshtov
Bear Sheva, Israel
Anthus cervinus


14–15 cm (5½-6 in)
Breeding Male Throats are various shades of red from pinkish to orangey to cherry-coloured. Bold brown streaks on flanks, strong white mantle stripes, black markings on a white background below. Face, throat, and upper breast are orange-brown. Crown is pale brown. Wings are brown with two white bars. Tail is white-edged.
Female, winter adult, and juvenile are duller.

Photo © by Neil
Hong Kong, China, March 2006

Similar Species

Non breeding birds can be easily confused with Meadow Pipit and Pechora Pipit. The bold streaks, remaining broad and obvious on the flanks, unlike Tree Pipit and extending onto the rump unlike Meadow Pipit, very strong mantle lines, with white "braces"give the species a much more strongly marked appearance. Pechora Pipit which is superficially similar, shows a distinct primary projection, unlike Red-throated Pipit, though check all the tertials are there!

Best identified by its call[Call],


Northern Europe and Asia.

Vagrant to the British Isles.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open country including mountains, marshland and swampy tundra, often near the coast.

Photo © by the late Jim Wood
Lesvos, Greece, May 2008



They nest on the ground, in marshes, and 4-6 eggs are laid.


Its diet includes insects, but it also eats seeds.


Call: A loud descending tsiiiiiiiiisssssssss similar in pitch to Redwing


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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