Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Correndera Pipit (Anthus correndera)


French: Pipit correndera German: Correnderapieper Spanish: Bisbita correndera

Anthus correndera


, 1818,



Probably closest to A. antarcticus; the two may form a clade also containing A. spragueii, A. furcatus, A. lutescens, A. hellmayri and A. bogotensis. Recent DNA work suggests that nominate race and catamarcae may represent a separate species, or indeed two separate species. Races appear to intergrade. Proposed race phillipsi (Port Stanley, in Falkland Is) synonymized with grayi. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. calcaratus Taczanowski, 1875 – mountains of C & S Peru.
  • A. c. catamarcae Hellmayr, 1921 – N Chile (E Antofagasta), SW Bolivia and NW Argentina (Catamarca).
  • A. c. correndera Vieillot, 1818 – S Paraguay, N Argentina, Uruguay and extreme SE Brazil (Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul).
  • A. c. chilensis (Lesson, 1839) – Chile (S from Atacama) and S Argentina S to Tierra del Fuego.
  • A. c. grayi Bonaparte, 1850 – Falkland Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 15–26·5 g (grayi), two males 20·2 g and 20·3 g (corren­dera). Small, well-marked pipit with long bill and... read more


    Song, in flight or sometimes from perch, a repetition of simple phrases, e.g. “glishaw-... read more


    In N (nominate race and calcaratus), puna grassland on arid plateaux, also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known. Adult and larval insects and other invertebrates, probably also seeds. Chicks fed with small worms and lepidopterans in... read more


    Jun–Dec; possibly throughout year in C Peru (Junín); late Sept to Dec in Falklands; often two broods. In song flight, male... read more


    Resident and partial migrant. Some in C & S parts of range (chilensis) remain in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common and widespread throughout range; very numerous on the pampas of Buenos Aires (E Argentina). Common in Falkland Is (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2020). Correndera Pipit (Anthus correndera). 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 19 February 2020).