Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens)


French: Pipit jaunâtre German: Savannenpieper Spanish: Bisbita amarillento

Anthus lutescens


, 1855,

vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


May form a clade with A. spragueii, A. furcatus, A. correndera, A. antarcticus, A. hellmayri and A. bogotensis, as well as A. peruvianus, with which it has hitherto been lumped. Form “A. chii” might be referable to present species, but best considered unidentifiable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. l. parvus Lawrence, 1865 – Pacific slope in W Panama.
  • A. l. lutescens Pucheran, 1855 – NE Colombia, Venezuela (except N & S), the Guianas, and lowlands from extreme SE Peru (Pampas del Heath) and E Bolivia, N, C & E Brazil S to Argentina (S to La Pampa and SE Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–14 cm; 13–18 g. Very small, rather slender pipit with yellowish underparts, relatively short tail. Adult nominate race has narrow white eyering, very indistinct pale... read more


    Ventriloquial song (lasting 0·8–2·4 seconds), usually in flight, a series of “tsit” or “dee” notes... read more


    Grassland and adjoining bare areas. Found in variety of open habitats, from tropical damp, often... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small insects, probably also seeds; no detailed information. Forages by walking and running in short grass; when disturbed, often flies up... read more


    Season Jan–Jun, also Sept, in Panama; recorded in May–Jun and Sept–Oct in Venezuela, and in Jul–Nov (mainly Aug–Sept) in São Paulo, SE... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, and locally fairly common to common in much of range. Generally local and uncommon in Amazonia, but range is... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens). 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 19 February 2020).