French: Pipit de Richard German: Spornpieper Spanish: Bisbita de Richard
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. richardi
Vieillot, 1818 – SW Siberia and NE Kazakhstan E to L Baikal; winters mainly in SW Asia, some farther W.
A. r. dauricus
H. C. Johansen, 1952 – Transbaikalia and Yakutia E to Sea of Okhotsk and S to N Mongolia and NE China (NW Heilongjiang); winters in S Asia.
A. r. centralasiae
(Kistiakovsky, 1928) – E Kazakhstan (Zaysan Basin, E Tien Shan) E to W & S Mongolia, S to N China (Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu, probably also Inner Mongolia); winters in S Asia.
A. r. ussuriensis
H. C. Johansen, 1952 – SE Russia (lower Amur area, Ussuriland) S to E China (S to Sichuan and R Yangtze), probably also Korea; winters in SE Asia.
A. r. sinensis
(Bonaparte, 1850) – SE China S of R Yangtze; winters in SE Asia.
17–18 cm; 21–40 g. Large pipit with long, stout legs, long toes, very long hind claw. Nominate race has long creamy to buff supercilium tapering at rear, pale... read more
Song, usually in flight, “chewee-chewee-chewee” with much individual variation, 3... read more
Any open country, steppe grassland, paddyfields, stubble fields and cultivations, edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly adult and larval insects, notably beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Of 48 samples obtained in studies using neck-... read more
Mainly Apr–Jul. Sings in descending display-flight. Nest a large cup of coarse grass and roots, lined with finer material such as... read more
Long-distance migrant; winters mostly in S parts of Asia E to Philippines and W New Guinea, and S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range; no evidence for any decline.
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