French: Pipit des Nilgiri German: Nilgiripieper Spanish: Bisbita de los Nilgiri
Nilgiri Hills, southern India
Western Ghats in S Karnataka, Kerala and W Tamil Nadu, in extreme SW India.
17–17·5 cm. Richly coloured pipit with heavy streaking. Has broad deep buff to whitish supercilium, darker buff ear-coverts, sometimes some dark spots in malar... read more
Song, usually from ground, feeble, initially quiet and hesitant, accelerating into trill, “... read more
Upland grassland, open grassy and rocky areas on tops of hills; favours short grass. Also in coffee... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates. Forages on ground, in short grass; when disturbed, flies to nearest bush or tree.
Season end Mar/early Apr to Jul. Nest a shallow cup of coarse grass and roots, lined with finer grass, sometimes hair and stems, built... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Western Ghats EBA. Locally fairly common to common in Nilgiri Hills, Palni... read more
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