Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Paramo Pipit (Anthus bogotensis)


French: Pipit du paramo German: Paramopieper Spanish: Bisbita andino

Anthus bogotensis

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2020). Paramo Pipit (Anthus bogotensis). 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 24 February 2020).