Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii)


French: Pipit de Godlewski German: Steppenpieper Spanish: Bisbita estepario

Agrodoma godlewskii


, 1876,

Argun River Valley, Transbaikalia, on Russia–China border


In the past was sometimes treated as conspecific with A. campestris. Monotypic.


S Russia (E Altai Mts) E to Transbaikalia and NE China (Inner Mongolia), S to S Mongolia; winters mainly in Indian Subcontinent.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Tyler, S., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii). 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 18 February 2020).