Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

The Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) breeds in the far north of Europe and Asia, with a foothold in northern Alaska.

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Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) - breeding plumage
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) - non-breeding

This long-distance migrant winters in Africa, south and east Asia and west coast USA; and occasionally in western Europe.


The Red-throated Pipit is a small pipit. Its flight is strong and direct,

Breeding Plumage:

Adults are easily identified in the breeding season by their brick red face and throat.

Winter Plumage:

Otherwise an undistinguished looking species, heavily streaked brown above, with whitish mantle stripes, and with black markings on a white background below.

Calls / Vocalizations

It makes characteristic “psii” calls.

Red-throated Pipit


It breeds in open country including mountains, marshland and tundra.

The nest is on the ground, on a hummock in a marsh, with 4-6 eggs being laid.

Diet / Feeding

The Red-throated Pipit mostly feed on insects, but also eat seeds.

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