Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus)


French: Pipit rosé German: Rosenpieper Spanish: Bisbita rosado

Anthus roseatus


, 1847,



Originally named A. pelopus, but that name suppressed. Appears to form a clade with A. pratensis, A. cervinus, A. spinoletta, A. petrosus and A. rubescens#R. Monotypic.


Mountains from extreme W China (W Xinjiang) S to NE Afghanistan and E in Himalayas to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), and in S & E China (C Gansu E probably to Inner Mongolia and W Hebei, S to S & E Xizang, Yunnan, W Guizhou and W Hubei); probably also in extreme N & NE Myanmar. Winters S to N Pakistan, N India (S to Rajasthan and Assam), Bangladesh and N Indochina.

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm; 17–25 g. Distinctive pipit with seasonal differences in plumage. Breeding plumage distinctive: very long, broad buffish-white to pinkish... read more


Aerial song consists of two parts, twittering during ascent into air, followed by long series of... read more


Breeds on alpine meadows and boulder-strewn grassy slopes, especially near patches of melting snow... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, seeds and berries. Forages on the ground; picks food items from ground surface or from low vegetation. Ingests grit.


Breeds end May to Aug, rarely Sept; occasionally double-brooded. In display-flight, male rises into air and sings, descends slowly on... read more


Post-breeding movement to lower elevations; N populations migratory. Non-breeding visitor to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common breeding bird in mountains of W China and in Himalayas; fairly common to common in C China. Uncommon non-breeding visitor in Myanmar and... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus). 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 23 February 2020).