Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Near Threatened

South Georgia Pipit (Anthus antarcticus)


French: Pipit antarctique German: Riesenpieper Spanish: Bisbita de las Georgias del Sur

Anthus antarcticus


, 1884,

South Georgia


May be closely related to, and possibly have evolved from, A. correndera; see also comments under A. furcatus. Monotypic.


South Georgia (mainland and offshore islets), in S Atlantic Ocean.

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm. Has indistinct buffish supercilium and area around eye, more prominent blackish moustachial and malar stripes; dark brown above, rufous or fawn-white feather... read more


Song, in flight, soft twittering phrases and high-pitched series, up to several minutes in duration... read more


Tussac (Poa flabellata) grassland, especially by streams and inland pools, and rocky... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods, such as adult and nymphal springtails (Collembola), beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) and spiders (Araneae).... read more


Breeds mid Nov–Jan/Feb; frequently double-brooded. Male performs display-flight. Nest a deep, bulky cup of fine roots and dry grass,... read more


Resident; most move to offshore islets to breed.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Not uncommon; current population estimated at 3000–4000 pairs. Has been largely exterminated from the... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. (2020). South Georgia Pipit (Anthus antarcticus). 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 20 February 2020).