Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi) - HBW 9, p. 745

French: Pipit de Richard German: Spornpieper Spanish: Bisbita de Richard

Taxonomy: Anthus Richardi Vieillot, 1818, France.
May form a superspecies with A. novaeseelandiae, A. rufulus and A. cinnamomeus, and all were formerly treated as conspecific; recent DNA studies, however, do not support a close relationship between them. Race ussuriensis considered by some authors to be synonymous with sinensis. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • richardi Vieillot, 1818 - breeds SW Siberia and NE Kazakhstan E to L Baikal; winters mainly SW Asia, some farther W.
  • dauricus H. C. Johansen, 1952 - breeds Transbaikalia and Yakutia E to Sea of Okhotsk and S to N Mongolia, Manchuria and NE China (NW Heilong-Jiang); winters S Asia.
  • centralasiae (Kistiakovsky, 1928) - breeds E Kazakhstan (Zaysan Basin, E Tien Shan) E to W & S Mongolia, S to N China (Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu, probably also Nei Mongol); winters S Asia.

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  • richardi Vieillot, 1818 - breeds SW Siberia and NE Kazakhstan E to L Baikal; winters mainly SW Asia, some farther W.
  • dauricus H. C. Johansen, 1952 - breeds Transbaikalia and Yakutia E to Sea of Okhotsk and S to N Mongolia, Manchuria and NE China (NW Heilong-Jiang); winters S Asia.
  • centralasiae (Kistiakovsky, 1928) - breeds E Kazakhstan (Zaysan Basin, E Tien Shan) E to W & S Mongolia, S to N China (Xinjiang, Qinghai, Gansu, probably also Nei Mongol); winters S Asia.
  • ussuriensis H. C. Johansen, 1952 - breeds SE Russia (lower Amur area, Ussuriland) S to E China (S to Sichuan and R Yangtze), probably also Korea; winters SE Asia.
  • sinensis (Bonaparte, 1850) - SE China S of R Yangtze.