Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)


Ochre-breasted Pipit (Anthus nattereri)


French: Pipit ocré German: Ockerbrustpieper Spanish: Bisbita ocre

Anthus nattereri

P. L. Sclater

, 1878,

Rio Verde, São Paulo, Brazil




S Paraguay (S from Paraguarí), NE Argentina (Corrientes), N & C Uruguay#R, and SE Brazil (Minas Gerais S to Rio Grande do Sul).

Descriptive notes

13·5–15 cm. Rather small pipit with distinctive plumage. Has yellow-buff supercilium streaked black, black spot on cheek, thin dark moustachial stripe; blackish-... read more


Song, in flight, complex and musical series of notes ending in slurred “eeeeeeeur”,... read more


Dry pastures and fields and rolling campo grassland, to 900 m. Has been recorded in... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Small invertebrates; one stomach contained only insects. Forages on the ground, picking food items.


Nest with eggs in Oct; gonadal condition of specimens and recorded song period suggest breeding probably in Sept–Jan. In aerial... read more


Not well known; studies in SE Brazil (São Paulo) suggest that it is semi-nomadic in response... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Scarce and very local. Formerly considered Endangered, but recently found to be more widespread and somewhat less rare than was thought. In Paraguay, surveys... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. (2020). Ochre-breasted Pipit (Anthus nattereri). 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 29 February 2020).