French: Pipit du paramo German: Paramopieper Spanish: Bisbita andino
P. L. Sclater, 1855,
Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia.
See comments under A. hellmayri. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. meridae
J. T. Zimmer, 1953 – Andes in NW Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida, N Táchira).
A. b. bogotensis
P. L. Sclater, 1855 – NW Venezuela (Páramo de Tamá, in S Táchira) and Andes from Colombia (N & S parts of C range, also E range S to Cundinamarca) S to N Peru (Cajamarca).
A. b. immaculatus
Cory, 1916 – NC Peru S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
A. b. shiptoni
(C. Chubb, 1923) – NW Argentina (Tucumán).
15 cm. Rather slender pipit with relatively long bill. Nominate race has faint blackish-streaked buffy supercilium, narrow whitish eyering; above, dusky to cinnamon-brown,... read more
Aerial song exuberant, musical and complex, long wheezing note followed by high chattering series,... read more
Open treeless, often arid páramo and puna grassland in upper montane zone, at... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and seeds. Forages on the ground in low shrubs and grass, and in low páramo vegetation; runs through grass. Singly... read more
Probably breeds in late Mar in N of range; eggs in Dec and young birds reported in May and Sept in Peru. In nuptial flight, male rises to... read more
Apparently resident; some seasonal elevational movements may occur.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common; uncommon to locally fairly common in Ecuador. Can be difficult to locate, and may be overlooked. Possibly occurs... read more
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