Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Berthelot's Pipit (Anthus berthelotii)


French: Pipit de Berthelot German: Kanarenpieper Spanish: Bisbita caminero

Anthus Berthelotii


, 1862,

Canary Islands


Genetics indicate sister-species is A. campestris, although behaviour suggests possible affinities with A. similis. Race madeirensis often subsumed into nominate#R#R, although genetic data suggest that birds on the two archipelagos differ to some extent#R. Birds from Lanzarote, described as race lanzaroteae, considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. b. madeirensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1905 – Madeira Archipelago (Madeira, Desertas and Porto Santo, reported also from Baixo I).
  • A. b. berthelotii Bolle, 1862 – Selvagens and Canary Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 16–19 g. Has long white supercilium, unstreaked pale lores and cheeks, dark brownish-grey moustachial and malar stripes; crown and upperparts ashy brown, black... read more


    Song, from elevated perch or in flight, pleasant and cheerful series of “tschrli”,... read more


    Occurs in all habitats except thick woodland and moister parts, from sea-level to over 2000 m. In E... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food mainly insects, such as grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), also other arthropods, and seeds.... read more


    Late Jan–Aug, starting later at higher altitudes; probably double-brooded. In song flight, rises to 30 m or more, flies with deep... read more


    Resident; no evidence of seasonal altitudinal movements.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Madeira and the Canary Islands EBA. Common in suitable habitat, where one of the most numerous bird species in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2019). Berthelot's Pipit (Anthus berthelotii). 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 on 10 December 2019).