Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Pechora Pipit (Anthus gustavi)


French: Pipit de la Petchora German: Petschorapieper Spanish: Bisbita del Pechora

Anthus gustavi


, 1863,

Amoy, China


Relationships unclear; possibly close to A. hodgsoni and A. trivialis. Race menzbieri considered a separate species by some taxonomists#R#R. Race stejnegeri, of which commandorensis is a junior synonym, sometimes considered inseparable from nominate#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. g. gustavi Swinhoe, 1863 – Pechora Pipit – N Russia from NW of Urals (W of R Pechora) E to Chukotskiy Peninsula, S to middle R Yenisey, middle R Lena and Kamchatka; migrates to Philippines, N Borneo and Wallacea.
  • A. g. stejnegeri Ridgway, 1883 – Commander Is; migrates probably to E Asia.
  • A. g. menzbieri Shulpin, 1928 – Menzbier's Pipit – Russian Far East (middle Amur Valley, S Ussuriland) and extreme NE China (E Heilongjiang); winters in Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 19·8–26 g. Distinctive pipit with heavily striped upperparts. Nominate race breeding has long, narrow buffish supercilium, ochre-buff ear-coverts... read more


    Song, in flight, less often from perch or ground, rather quiet, a rapid trill as that of Wood... read more


    Breeds in bushy tundra and taiga swamps with tall dense sedges, reeds, shrubs and even trees, in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, including dragonflies (Odonata), hymenopterans, beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera, especially of families Tipulidae,... read more


    Late Jun to Jul in Siberia; probably single-brooded. Apparently monogamous; territorial, although loose colonies have been reported. In... read more


    Migratory; winter range inadequately known. Passage migrants recorded in Japan, Korea, E China,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in subarctic tundra; little information on population levels, but reportedly not numerous. Difficult to locate owing to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2020). Pechora Pipit (Anthus gustavi). 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).