- Written by Rajnish Khare
- Published: 30 Jun 2017
Scientific Name : Anthus Rufulus
Spotting Locations in Bhopal : Laharpur Ecological Park
Last Spotting Date and Location : 25th June 2017, Laharpur Ecological Park
Seasonality in Bhopal : Resident
Size : 15 cm
Red Status : Least Concerned
Voice : Chip-chip-chip call
Paddyfield Pipit (also known as Oriental Pipit) is a sparrow-like bird belonging to Motacillidae family (Pipit, Wagtails, and long claws). Paddyfield Pipit, a widespread resident of Indian Subcontinent is primarily a terrestrial bird. Often confused with sparrows, it is relatively slim with a slender bill and has brown streaks on breast.
Richard's Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Blyth's Pipit, Blyth's Pipit, Blyth's Pipit and Blyth's Pipit
Its predominantly a South Asian Bird, mainly a widespread resident of plains of Indian Subcontinent but spread till Philipines.
Paddyfield Pipits are normally found living in open scrub, grassland and cultivation. Being terrestrial bird, it has weak flight but runs rapidly on the ground.
Mainly a small insect eater like weevils but also feeds on tiny snails, worms, beetles etc. It hunts while walking on the ground rarely catching insects like mosquitoes or termites in the air.
The paddyfield pipit nests mainly from February to October, prominently during dryer March to June. Both male and female assist in building nests on the ground which is shallow cup-shaped made up of grass, leaves, and roots. In a single brood (usually twice a year) they hatch 3 to 4 yellowish or grayish white eggs with brown spots. Both sexes share the responsibility of incubation and tending the young.