Pechora Pipit
Anthus gustavi

At a Glance

Nesting across northern Siberia and wintering mostly in the Philippines and Indonesia, the Pechora Pipit is a long-distance migrant that has strayed to Alaska on rare occasions. It is even more elusive and harder to see than most pipits, hiding in dense grass and other low growth, flushing only at close range.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Fields, Meadows, and Grasslands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets, Tundra and Boreal Habitats
Direct Flight, Erratic, Flap/Glide, Flitter, Flushes, Formation, Hovering, Rapid Wingbeats, Running, Soaring, Swooping, Undulating

Range & Identification


5 1/2" (14 cm). Very bold white stripes on back compared to other pipits. Relatively plain face, fine black streaks on chest, pale legs.
About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Broad, Fingered, Long, Narrow, Pointed, Rounded, Short, Swept, Tapered
Tail Shape
Notched, Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Call a short, wiry tdzip, seldom heard, even from flushed birds.
Call Pattern
Complex, Falling, Flat, Rising, Simple, Undulating
Call Type
Buzz, Chatter, Chirp/Chip, Croak/Quack, Drum, Flute, Hi, Hoot, Odd, Rattle, Raucous, Scream, Trill, Whistle, Yodel