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Yellowish Pipit - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by bievreJJ
Vale das Garças, Campinas, SP, Brazil, 4 August 2018
Anthus lutescens

Anthus chii


13 cm (5 in)

  • Narrow white eye-ring
  • Very long nail in the back toe
  • Shortish tail

Similar Species

Peruvian Pipit is paler below with heavier breast streaking and different voice.


Central and South America
Central America: found only in Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina


Formerly included Peruvian Pipit. According to the IOC, the epithet chii has precedence over lutescens.


There are two subspecies[1]:


Temperate grassland, seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and pastureland. Often near water.



Their main diet consists of small insects, with the possible addition of some seeds.


They display by flying up singing a very low song and, when they get to the apex of the flight, comes down with open wings (like a parachute) and emits a buzzing sound that gives them the Portuguese name, "Walking-buzzer".


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Tyler, S. & de Juana, E. (2018). Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57791 on 24 November 2018 and April 2019).
  4. BF Member observations

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