American Pipit

The Buff-bellied Pipit is a small songbird found on both sides of the northern Pacific. It was first described by Marmaduke Tunstall in his 1771 Ornithologia Britannica.

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The American Pipit is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

rubescens (Tunstall, 1771), American Pipit – breeds in northern North America, extending further south in mountainous areas * A. r. japonicus, Japanese Pipit – breeds in most of eastern temperate Asia (including Japan) This species is closely related to Rock Pipit (A. petrosus) and Water Pipit (A. spinoletta), all three forms having previously been considered conspecific. More

The American Pipit can be found in a variety of countries around the world, despite its name. Not only is it found in North America and Central American but it can also be found in Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, India and Japan. The range of this species of bird is about 10 million square kilometers. There is currently not any serious concern regarding the outlook for this species of bird due to the fact that it has a global population of about 22 million individual birds. More

"wagtails", American Pipits share their habit of wagging their tails when walking over open territory. They can be found throughout North America at some point during the year, nesting in the far north and high elevations in the west in summer, migrating throughout much of the continent in spring and fall, and wintering in in the southern U.S. and near the coasts. American Pipits are formerly known as the "Water Pipit". More

American Pipit: Feeds on insects, spiders, mites, mollusks, crustaceans, and aquatic worms; forages while walking on the ground. Vocalization American Pipit: Song is a series of rapid "cheedle" notes. Flight call is a sharp "pip pipit." Similar Species American Pipit: Sprague's Pipit has fewer streaks on underparts, more streaks on back, paler face, and pink legs. Sparrows and Longspurs have thick, conical bills. . More

The American Pipit is a small, slender, drab bird of open country. Although it appears similar to sparrows, it can be distinguished by its thin bill and its habit of bobbing its tail. More

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regarding the American Pipit, its wintering range seems to have expanded northwards in the 20th century and the birds seem to spend less time in winter quarters: in northern Ohio for example, the species was recorded as "not common" during migration in May and September/October in the 1900s, but today it is considered a "widespread migrant" in that region, found beween March and May and from late September to November, with many birds actually wintering this far north. More

North American Birds Grubs Small Bird The American Pipit is a medium sized songbird which can be found all over North America; in short, it is quite popular, and definitely a bird we can all observe. The American Pipit, which is also known as the Water Bird, has a habit of bobbing its tail which makes it more identifiable for most; however, keep in mind, that these birds are rather small, and will take some careful observation. More

explains why some experts argue that American Pipit, which was formerly known as "Water Pipit," should now be called "Buff-bellied Pipit." Read more about Kenn Kaufman » Subscriber Only Content You are currently not logged in. This article is only available to Birder's World magazine subscribers. Already a subscriber to Birder's World magazine? If you are already a subscriber to Birder's World magazine you must log into your account to view this article. More

American Pipits are open-country birds in all seasons. They breed in alpine areas, near seeps, streams, lakes, or wet meadows. During migration and winter, they come down into the lowlands and can be found on beaches, marshes, agricultural fields, short-grass prairies, and mudflats. back to top Behavior - American Pipits walk or run along the ground and forage in flocks outside the breeding season. More

Nesting: The two nests of the American pipit that I saw on the coast of Labrador in 1912 were probably typical of the species, in that locality at least. The first nest was shown to me on July 6, in the bare, rocky hills of Battle Island, by two of Dr. Grenfell's nurses, Miss Coates and Miss Thompkins, whom I had met in Newfoundland. More

The American Pipit has brownish-gray to gray upperparts with faint streaks, a bold, pale eyeline, variably streaked, whitish to buffy underparts, and a white eye ring. It has an upright posture, and frequently bobs its tail. A number of subspecies account for the plumage variation within the species. american pipit Female - Same as male. More

The American Pipit is a small songbird that belongs to the family Motacillidae. This bird is common and widespread throughout North America. Follow these steps to spot one. Difficulty: Moderately EasyInstructions 1. Step 1 Know where to look for an American Pipit. More

American Pipit American Pipit image © Helen Baines Family: (Motacillidae) Wagtails and Pipits Preferred Habitat: Fields and beaches Seasonal Occurrence: Common November through March Notes: American Pipits are usually found in small flocks. They prefer open areas, where they may be seen walking about, searching for small insects and spiders. They are almost never found in trees. Two species of pipits are found in our region in winter. More

about the American Pipit can be found at the Illinois Natural Resources Information Network (INRIN) "Illinois Birds" Web site. Includes a nice photo. Return to "IV THE BIRDS" homepage This site is maintained by: Eldon R. Caldwell Imperial Valley College Email: More

American Pipit has lightly streaked grey-brown upperparts and is diffusely streaked below on the buff breast and flanks. The belly is whitish. The Asian form is darker above, and has bolder black streaking on its whiter underparts. This species is insectivorous. Its call is a squeaky sip. More

American Pipit Information Length: 6 - 7" Habitat: Breeding Habitat: Arctic tundra, alpine tundra, grassy or sedge meadows. Winter Habitat: Bare fields, American Pipit Photo © Robert Royse mudflats, lake shores, river sandbars, grasslands, and other open areas. Click to enlarge Diet: Mostly insects, such as flies, grasshoppers, ants, moths, beetles, and caterpillars; spiders; grass seeds and weed seeds. More

The American Pipit is a well-known winter visitor to the lowlands of the west and as such is to be found on the plains and open foothills at the western end of the Yosemite section. There, from October until March, it may be sought wherever the grass is scant enough for the birds to run about unhindered. More

American Pipit becomes browner above and more streaked below. Bill mostly dark; legs dark or tinged with pink. Tail has white outer feathers. Call, given in flight, is a sharp pit-pit. More

flocks of American Pipits and prefer longer grass in winter where they are especially hard to see. The Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) and the Pechora Pipit (Anthus gustavi) are similar species from Asia that are sough-after rarities in the islands off Alaska. Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) is an unrelated species that shares habitat and much behavior with pipits. More

The molt strategy of American pipits has been studied by Pyle (1997a; 1997b) and that of the Water Pipit (A. spinoletta spinoletta) by Jenni and Winkler (1994) and Williamson (1965). We are not aware of any studies conducted on the Siberian Pipit or of any systematic study of molt strategies broken down by the American subspecies. According to Pyle (1997a; 1997b), American Pipits go through a prebasic and a prealternate molt. More

While this photograph of an American Pipit appears somewhat dark (perhaps due to under-exposure?), a number of features rule out Siberian Pipit. Note the sparse underside streaking and the overall "spotted" appearance in the upper chest region (compared with a striped appearance in Siberian Pipit). The dark, flaring malar stripe characteristic of Siberian Pipit is also lacking in this bird. In addition, the undersides of this bird are noticeably buffy, reducing the sharpness of the underside streaking. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Motacillidae
Genus : Anthus
Species : rubescens
Authority : (Tunstall, 1771)