Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) - HBW 9, p. 764

French: Pipit à dos olive German: Waldpieper 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.