Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Peruvian Pipit (Anthus peruvianus)


French: Pipit du Pérou German: Perupieper Spanish: Bisbita peruano

Anthus peruvianus


, 1878,

Cataridon Valley, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. lutescens, but differs in its clearer whitish supercilium (at least 1); slightly broader, more diffuse dark streaks on upper breast, without buff fringes, and extending onto flanks (2); stony-white vs yellowish-white underparts (1); longer wing but shorter tail (effect size 2.4 and –2.46 respectively; score 2+2=4); very different song and call, already noted in literature, call a dry “chit-it” vs “chu-ee”#R, song a rather long series (6–16) of short notes given at regular pace, followed by a strange drawn-out buzzy or sizzling note and often ending with a short high-pitched note vs typically 1–3 short notes (occasionally more, when initiating display-flight) followed by a very nasal buzz descending in pitch, hence differing in number of initial notes (score 3), lack of any frequency drop (score 3) and sizzling note being actually a very fast series of separate notes rather than a continuous nasal note (ns[3])#R. Molecular evidence is now available to support this split#R. Monotypic.

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Coastal Peru (S from Piura) S to extreme N Chile (Arica).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Very small, rather slender pipit with whitish underparts, relatively short tail. Adult lacks any trace of buffy coloration, has only a weak face pattern comprising... read more


Song a rather long series (6–16) of short notes given at regular pace, followed by a strange drawn-... read more


In Chile confined to coastal strand vegetation, principally short-grass areas on sandy soils, below... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects, probably also seeds; no detailed information. Forages by walking and running in short grass; when disturbed, often flies up... read more


No information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, and locally fairly common to common in Peru. Not considered likely to be at any risk. In N Chile, where range confined to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Peruvian Pipit (Anthus peruvianus). 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 15 November 2019).