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Red-Throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)


This bird is on the small side for a Pipit, measuring around 14 or 15 cm, with a wingspan between 25 and 27 cm. The most defining feature of this bird is, as the name suggests, the deep red throat patch. Aside from that, it has a brown head and wings, with a white underside speckled with brown. The sexes look similar, except the red patch on a male is deeper and is partially retained during the winter; females loose it entirely


The Red-Throated Pipit likes areas of damp ground, such as wet grasslands and marshland. It can also be found in drier short grass areas, and during the breeding season can be found in wet tundra areas.


This bird eats mainly insects, with caterpillars being a large part of the diet. It will also eat other invertebrates like spiders and beetles. These will be supplemented with grass sees.

Protected Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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