- Anthus richardi
17-20 cm (6¾-7¾ in)
- Upperparts brown with dark streaks
- Underparts pale apart from streaky breast
- Long yellowish-brown legs
- Long tail with white outer-feathers
- Long dark bill with a yellowish base to the lower mandible
- Two wingbars formed by pale tips to the wing-coverts
- Very long hind claw is diagnostic
Rare, but regular, autumnal vagrants from Siberia, mainly to western Europe
There are 5 subspecies:
- A. r. richardi:
- A. r. dauricus:
- A. r. centralasiae:
- A. r. ussuriensis:
- A. r. sinensis:
- South-eastern China (south of the Yangtze River)
Wet grassland, marshy steppes rice fields and cultivated land.
Strong flight with long dips. Often hovers momentarily before landing in the grass.
Its diet includes insects and seeds.
The nest is made of grass or moss and is built on the ground under a grass tussock.
Loud, explosive shreep when flushed.
Recording by Andrew Whitehouse
Aberdeen, November 2009
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Richard's Pipit. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 3 October 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Richard%27s_Pipit
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