French: Pipit rousset German: Orientspornpieper Spanish: Bisbita oriental
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. waitei
Whistler, 1936 – NW Indian Subcontinent (C & E Afghanistan, Pakistan, NW India; two recent records in SE Iran#R).
A. r. rufulus
Vieillot, 1818 – most of Indian Subcontinent (except NW, N and extreme SW) E to S China, S to S Thailand and Indochina.
A. r. malayensis
Eyton, 1839 – extreme SW India (Nilgiri Hills), Sri Lanka, Malay Peninsula, S Indochina, Sumatra, Java and N & SE Borneo.
A. r. lugubris
(Walden, 1875) – Philippines; possibly also N Borneo.
A. r. albidus
Stresemann, 1912 – Sulawesi, Bali and W Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Padar, Rinca, Flores, Sumba).
A. r. medius
Wallace, 1864 – E Lesser Sundas (Sawu, Roti, Timor, Kisar, Leti, Moa, Sermata).
15–16 cm; 17·4–22·7 g. Nominate race has long creamy to buff supercilium tapering at rear, pale lores (occasionally darkish loral stripe), dark... read more
Song, in flight, includes a wheezy trill or series of feeble “tseep” notes, on average... read more
Open country, short grassland, paddyfields, stubble fields and cultivations, also airfields,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly adult and larval insects. Stomach contents included weevils (Curculionidae), ants (Hymenoptera), termites (Isoptera), bugs (... read more
Mar–Jul, occasionally to Sept, in N Indian Subcontinent; mostly in Nov–Jun dry season elsewhere, in Sri Lanka Jan–Jul (... read more
Resident; some local and altitudinal movements. A summer visitor in the Himalayan foothills (race... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range; generally uncommon, locally more common, in Wallacea. No evidence for any decline in any region.
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