Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Short-billed Pipit (Anthus furcatus) - HBW 9, p. 759

French: Pipit à plastron German: Weißbauchpieper Spanish: Bisbita Piquicorto

Taxonomy: Anthus furcatus d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837, Carmen, Río Negro, Patagonia, Argentina.
Molecular-genetic analyses suggest possible close relationship with A. spragueii, A. hellmayri and A. bogotensis. May form a clade with those and with A. lutescens, A. correndera, A. antarcticus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • brevirostris Taczanowski, 1875 - C Peru S to W Bolivia and NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • furcatus d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 - lowlands of Argentina (Tucumán S to N Chubut) E to extreme SE Brazil and Uruguay.