Malaysian Birds

Richard's Pipit

 

The Pipits and the Wagtails belongs to the same family Motacillimae. Worldwide there are 65 species of these birds and in South East Asia,  14 species could be encountered Rather small ground birds with slender bills and noticeably long legs. Most of them have white outer tail feathers. Largely runs on the ground Flight is quite strong and undulating. Quite ostentatious arid calling most of the time.  Pipit have shorter tail usually in dull brown colors and streaked.

In Malaysia we get to see:-

Ricahrd's Pip[it

Paddyfield's Pipit

Blyth's Pipit

Olive-backed Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Rosy Pipit

Richard's Pipit is  in southern Siberia, down to China. The bird winters in the Middle East. In Malaysia, they are resident. Richard's Pipit is found is found through much of mainland India while bimanous is found eastwards into Southeast Asia. The population in southwest India is darker above and referred to as subspecies travancoreensis. Large, robust, almost thrushlike pipit given the big bill, long and pale eyebrow, and long tail. If perched off the ground the very large hind claws and long legs are obvious.

Flight is strong, heavy, and bounding. Utters "she" call when flushed. Found in open grasslands, stubble fields, farmland, dunes, and salt marshes. Separation from other large pipits can be difficult; pay attention to call and wing pattern.

 

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