Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Hellmayr's Pipit (Anthus hellmayri) - HBW 9, p. 761

French: Pipit de Hellmayr German: Hellmayrpieper Spanish: Bisbita Pálido

Taxonomy: Anthus hellmayri Hartert, 1909, Río Salí, Tucumán, Argentina.
Molecular-genetic analyses suggest possible close relationship with A. spragueii, A. furcatus and A. bogotensis; all may belong to a clade that also includes A. lutescens, A. correndera and A. antarcticus. DNA studies also suggest that nominate race and brasilianus, geographically isolated from each other and differing significantly in size, plumage colour and pattern, and voice, may represent two separate species. Race dabbenei possibly inseparable from nominate, but also geographically remote. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hellmayri Hartert, 1909 - E Andean slopes from SE Peru (Puno) S to NW Argentina (S to Tucumán, also in Sierras de Córdoba).
  • dabbenei Hellmayr, 1921 - highlands of S Argentina in Neuquén and W Chubut, also SE Río Negro (Somuncurá Plateau); probably also adjacent S Chile.
  • brasilianus Hellmayr, 1921 - SE Brazil (S from Espírito Santo), SE Paraguay, NE & E Argentina (Corrientes, E Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.