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Olive-backed pipit

Olive-backed pipit
Olive-backed pipit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Anthus
Species: A. hodgsoni
Binomial name
Anthus hodgsoni
(Richmond, 1907)

The olive-backed pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) is a small passerine bird of the pipit (Anthus) genus, which breeds across South, north Central and East Asia, as well as in the northeast of European Russia. It is a long-distance migrant moving in winter to southern Asia and Indonesia. Sometimes it is also called Indian pipit or Hodgson's pipit, as well as tree pipit owing to its resemblance with the tree pipit. However, its back is more olive-toned and less streaked than that species, and its head pattern is different with a better-marked supercilium.


  • Distribution 1
  • Description 2
  • Nesting 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5


at Bracebridge in Kolkata, India.
  • Habitat: Affects open country. Wintering in evergreen woodland, Summers in groves and wooded biotope.


at Bracebridge in Kolkata, India.
  • Size: Sparrow+ (ca. 15 cm)
  • Appearance: Greenish brown streaked with darker brown above. Supercilium, double wingbar and outer rectrices whitish. Whitish to buff below streaked with dark brown on breast and flanks. Sexes alike.[2]
  • Habits: Seen singly or pairs. Runs about on the ground in search of food and flies up into trees when disturbed. Flight jerky and undulating.
  • Call: Song lark-like and uttered on the wing, similar to the tree pipit, but faster and higher pitched. A single tseep or spek, also similar to the tree pipit.
  • Food: Insects, grass and weed seeds.
  • Food: Largely insects, but will also take seeds.


Breeding at Mailee Thaatch (10000 ft.) in Kullu - Manali District of Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Season: May to July.
  • Nest: a cup of moss and grass placed on the ground under a tuft of grass or boulder. open woodland and scrub.
  • Eggs: 3-5, usu. 4, dark brown, spotted darker. Usually two broods are raised.

The scientific name of this bird commemorates the British ornithologist Brian Houghton Hodgson.



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  2. ^  Bird Number 1852, vol. 9, p. 247-249.
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