French: Pipit de Godlewski German: Steppenpieper Spanish: Bisbita estepario
Argun River Valley, Transbaikalia, on Russia–China border
S Russia (E Altai Mts) E to Transbaikalia and NE China (Inner Mongolia), S to S Mongolia; winters mainly in Indian Subcontinent.
15–17 cm; 17–30·5 g. Has unmarked pale lores, creamy supercilium extending well behind eye, thin blackish moustachial stripe, broad buffy... read more
Song, usually in flight, a series of rasping “zret” notes interspersed with higher... read more
Breeds on dry rocky mountain slopes, usually with little vegetation, and stony or gravelly steppes... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects and other invertebrates; also seeds. Forages on the ground, picking small items from surface; behaviour much as that of other... read more
Laying in May. In display-flight, rises to 10–20 m, hovers while singing, then descends steeply to ground. Nest a well-camouflaged... read more
Long-distance migrant. Winters in Indian Subcontinent S to Sri Lanka, and also, uncommonly, in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common in breeding range; possibly extends farther S, into N China. Widespread and locally common winter visitor in... read more
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