Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Short-billed Pipit (Anthus furcatus)


French: Pipit à plastron German: Weißbauchpieper Spanish: Bisbita piquicorto

Anthus furcatus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Carmen, Río Negro, Patagonia, Argentina


Molecular analyses suggest close relationship with A. spragueii, A. hellmayri and A. bogotensis, and may form a clade with these species and A. lutescens, A. correndera and A. antarcticus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. f. brevirostris Taczanowski, 1875 – C Peru S to W Bolivia and NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • A. f. furcatus d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – lowlands of Argentina (Tucumán S to N Chubut) E to extreme SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–14·5 cm; 20 g. Smallish, streaked pipit with relatively short, deep-based bill. Has whitish eyering and supercilium, prominent black malar stripe; above,... read more


    Song, uttered incessantly in flight, is musical and repetitive, “gleeeeeeeu-teedeleh-... read more


    Short grass by lakes, in pastures, and on rolling hills with mix of bunch-grass and short grass in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small insects and other invertebrates, probably also seeds; no details available. Forages while walking on the ground, as other pipits;... read more


    Few data. Male in nuptial flight hovers at 60–80 m in air for 10–30 minutes or more, diving during each song bout, rarely... read more


    Poorly known. May undertake some local movements, as it forms flocks outside breeding season;... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status uncertain; described variously as fairly common and as uncommon to locally common. In Argentina, reportedly most numerous in Patagonian... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2020). Short-billed Pipit (Anthus furcatus). 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 21 February 2020).