Tawny Pipits

The Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris, is a medium-large passerine bird which breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia, and northwest Africa.

It is a migrant moving in winter to tropical Africa and the Indian subcontinent.


This is a large pipit, 16.5-18 cm long, but is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly sandy brown above and pale below.

Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris - Juvenile
Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris - Juvenile

Similar Species

It is very similar to Richard’s Pipit, but is slightly smaller, has shorter legs and a shorter dark bill. It is also less streaked. Its flight is strong and direct, and it gives a characteristic “schip” call, higher pitched than Richard’s.

In south Asia, in winter some care must be taken to distinguish this from other large pipits which winter or are resident in the area, including Richard’s Pipit, Blyth’s Pipit and Paddyfield Pipit. Tawny Pipit is insectivorous, like its relatives.

Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris

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Breeding / Nesting

The breeding habit is dry open country including semi-deserts. The nest is on the ground, with 4-6 eggs being laid.


  • BirdLife International (2004). Anthus campestris. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
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