American Pipit

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 December 2015
Scientific Name
Anthus rubescens
  • Passeriformes
  • Motacillidae
  • Anthus
  • A. rubescens
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 17 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.5 to 6.7 inches
10.6 inches
.7 to .9 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黄腹鹨
Czech (Cesky) linduška proměnlivá
Danish (Dansk) Hedepiber
Dutch (Nederlands) Pacifische Waterpieper
Finnish (Suomi) tuhkakirvinen
French (Français) Pipit d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Pazifikpieper
Italian (Italiano) Spioncello ventrerossiccio
Japanese (日本語) アメリカタヒバリ [Amerikatahibari]
Korean (한국어) 밭종다리
Norwegian (Norsk) Myrpiplerke
Polish (Polski) swiergotek bagienny
Portuguese (Português) Petinha-fulva
Russian (русский язык) Американский конёк
Spanish (Español) Bisbita Norteamericano
Swedish (Svenska) Hedpiplärka
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