Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus)


Taxonomy

French: Pipit rosé German: Rosenpieper Spanish: Bisbita rosado
Taxonomy:

Anthus roseatus

Blyth

, 1847,

Nepal

.

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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57799 on 23 January 2019).