French: Pipit montagnard German: Mattenpieper Spanish: Bisbita del Himalaya
From NW & N Pakistan (possibly from E Afghanistan) E in Himalayas at least to E Nepal, and in S & SE China (S Sichuan and from Yunnan E to Zhejiang and Fujian, also Hong Kong); possibly also N & NE Myanmar.
17 cm; 18·7 g. Large, streaked pipit with stout, relatively short bill. Has creamy supercilium, indistinct dark moustachial stripe and malar stripe; grey-brown above,... read more
Song, from prominent feature (e.g. rock, bush, tree) or in flight, a repeated “seetyu-seetyu... read more
In breeding season occurs on steep rocky and grassy slopes with scattered bushes or rocks, also on... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Small invertebrates. Feeds on the ground, creeping in horizontal posture. When disturbed, often adopts upright stance and... read more
Breeds Mar–Jul. Occasional brief song flight, rising a short distance and then parachuting downwards on partly spread wings. Nest a... read more
Resident; some altitudinal movements. In winter, descends from highest areas of Himalayas, down to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally fairly common in India, Nepal and China. Scarce to rare and localized in Pakistan, where occurs in only a few areas in N... read more
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