Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) - HBW 9, p. 764
French: Pipit à dos olive
Spanish: Bisbita de Hodgson
Other common names: Olive/Oriental Tree Pipit, Spotted Pipit; Hodgson’s (Tree) Pipit, Indian Tree Pipit (hodgsoni); Siberian Tree Pipit (yunnanensis)
Taxonomy: Anthus trivialis hodgsoni Richmond, 1907, Bengal, India.
Appears to be very closely related to A. trivialis. Races intergrade in N Japan. Proposed race inopinatus (Sakhalin) indistinguishable from yunnanensis; berezowskii, described from Gansu (C China), inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- yunnanensis Uchida & Kuroda, 1916 - breeds from NW Russia (from W of middle R Pechora, SW Siberia and NE Altai) E to Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Kuril Is, S to N Mongolia, NE China (S at least to Liaoning) and N Japan (Hokkaido); winters in S & SE Asia.
- hodgsoni Richmond, 1907 - breeds from Himalayas (E from NW India) E to C China (S Xizang, and from NE Qinghai, S Nei Mongol and Shanxi S to Yunnan and Sichuan), also N Korea and Japan (S to C Honshu); winters in S & SE Asia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 28 videos
A perched bird calling several times and then flying away. Locality Bach Ma National Park, Annam, Vietnam (ssp yunnanensis)
Josep del Hoyo 23 April 2008 5 years ago 38 sec 4.5
A bird in a tree, carrying food and calling. Locality Valinku River Fishing Camp, Primorsky Krai, Eastern Russia, Russia (ssp yunnanensis)
Josep del Hoyo 17 June 2009 4 years ago 33 sec 4.4
A bird in a sycamore tree Locality Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, Great Britain
Dave Jackson 31 August 1999 6 years ago 14 sec 4.4
A bird feeding on aphids in a sycamore tree and flicking its tail Locality Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, Great Britain
Dave Jackson 31 August 1999 6 years ago 27 sec 4.3
Two Olive-backed Pipit, migrant birds, feeding in leaf litter. Locality Beidaihe, Hebei, China (Northern) (ssp yunnanensis)
Mark Andrews 20 May 2010 4 years ago 1 min 11 sec 4.3
A bird with food in the beak, calling repeatedly. Locality Ozyornoye, Primorsky Krai, Eastern Russia, Russia (ssp yunnanensis)
Josep del Hoyo 19 June 2009 4 years ago 36 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 19 photos
Sitting in a tree
Locality Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Jan Wendeby 14 January 2008 34 weeks ago 4
A bird perched in a tree.
Pete Morris 1 July 2002 1 year ago 3.8
eating a worm
Locality Eilot date plantations, Eilat, Israel
Lior Kislev 1 April 2012 2 years ago 3.8
Locality Heuksan-do Island, South Jeollan Province, South Korea
Rémi Bigonneau 15 October 2011 2 years ago 3.8
Locality Sapa, Lào Cai Province, Vietnam (ssp yunnanensis)
Fran Trabalon 28 November 2010 2 years ago 3.7
Olive-backed Pipit searching food from the ground.
Locality Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong
William IP 31 January 2013 1 year ago 3.7
A bird singing in a tree. Locality Dongxia Scenic Area, Xining, Qinghai, China (Northern)
Martin Kennewell 1 July 2011 1 year ago 4
Contact call (repeated). Locality Dirang, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2014 10 weeks ago 3
A bird intensively calling.
Locality Valinku River Fishing Camp, Primorsky Krai, Eastern Russia, Russia
Josep del Hoyo 17 June 2009 4 years ago 3
Bird calling from ground 'dizz' Locality Sagada, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippines
Desmond Allen 13 March 2007 4 years ago 0