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American Pipit

American Redstart
American Oystercatcher

About the American Pipit

Also known as: Buff-bellied Pipit, Brown Lark, Water Pipit, Japanese Pipit, Siberian Pipit
The American Pipit is a small species of songbird found across parts of North America and Asia. Outside of North America, the species is known as the Buff-bellied Pipit. The species was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Water Pipit.

American Pipits are migratory birds. Across North America, birds breed in Canada and Alaska; winters are spent in southern North America and through Central America. Asian birds likewise breed in northern areas, including Siberia, and winter in south and central parts of Asia.

American Pipits are ground-nesters, placing a cup made of dried vegetation directly on the ground of their tundra breeding habitat. They tend to feed on the ground as well, gleaning prey from the ground or low-hanging vegetation.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 December 2015
Scientific Name Anthus rubescens
  • Passeriformes
  • Motacillidae
  • Anthus
  • A. rubescens
Birdorable Family Wagtails & Pipits
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 16 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 to 6.7 inches
10.6 inches
.7 to .9 ounces
Range Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia Central America United States (West) United States (East) South Asia Asia Americas

International Names

  • 黄腹鹨 (Chinese)
  • linduška proměnlivá (Czech)
  • Hedepiber (Danish)
  • Pacifische Waterpieper (Dutch)
  • tuhkakirvinen (Finnish)
  • Pipit d'Amérique (French)
  • Pazifikpieper (German)
  • Spioncello ventrerossiccio (Italian)
  • アメリカタヒバリ [Amerikatahibari] (Japanese)
  • 밭종다리 (Korean)
  • Myrpiplerke (Norwegian)
  • swiergotek bagienny (Polish)
  • Petinha-fulva (Portuguese)
  • Американский конёк (Russian)
  • Bisbita Norteamericano (Spanish)
  • Hedpiplärka (Swedish)

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