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Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2013 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Not Recognised

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 22,700,000
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 14,200,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.7 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common throughout most of its range (del Hoyo et al. 2004).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Afghanistan Vagrant Extant      
Algeria Native Extant      
Angola Native Extant      
Austria Native Extant     Yes
Bahrain Native Extant   Yes  
Bangladesh Native Extant      
Belgium Vagrant Extant      
Bhutan Native Extant      
Botswana Native Extant      
Brunei Native Extant      
Bulgaria Vagrant Extant      
Burundi Native Extant      
Cambodia Native Extant      
Cameroon Native Extant      
Chad Native Extant      
China (mainland) Native Extant Yes    
Congo Vagrant Extant      
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant      
Cyprus Native Extant      
Czech Republic Vagrant Extant      
Denmark Native Extant     Yes
Djibouti Native Extant      
Egypt Native Extant      
Eritrea Native Extant      
Ethiopia Native Extant      
Finland Vagrant Extant      
France Vagrant Extant      
Germany Vagrant Extant      
Greece Vagrant Extant      
Guinea Native Extant      
India Native Extant      
Iran, Islamic Republic of Native Extant   Yes Yes
Iraq Native Extant     Yes
Ireland Vagrant Extant      
Israel Native Extant      
Italy Native Extant      
Japan Native Extant   Yes Yes
Jordan Native Extant     Yes
Kazakhstan Native Extant Yes    
Kenya Native Extant      
Kuwait Native Extant     Yes
Kyrgyzstan Unknown Extant Yes   Yes
Laos Native Extant      
Latvia Vagrant Extant      
Lebanon Vagrant Extant     Yes
Lesotho Native Extant      
Libya Native Extant      
Luxembourg Vagrant Extant      
Malawi Native Extant      
Malaysia Native Extant   Yes  
Mali Native Extant   Yes Yes
Malta Vagrant Extant      
Mauritania Native Extant      
Mongolia Native Extant Yes    
Montenegro Vagrant Extant      
Morocco Native Extant      
Mozambique Native Extant      
Myanmar Native Extant      
Namibia Native Extant      
Nepal Native Extant      
Netherlands Vagrant Extant      
Niger Unknown Extant     Yes
Nigeria Native Extant      
North Korea Native Extant Yes   Yes
Norway Vagrant Extant      
Oman Native Extant   Yes Yes
Pakistan Vagrant Extant      
Palestinian Authority Territories Unknown Extant     Yes
Poland Vagrant Extant      
Portugal Native Extant      
Qatar Vagrant Extant      
Russia (Asian) Native Extant Yes    
Russia (Central Asian) Native Extant Yes    
Russia (European) Unknown Extant   Yes Yes
Rwanda Native Extant      
Saudi Arabia Native Extant     Yes
Serbia Vagrant Extant      
Slovakia Native Extant      
Somalia Native Extant      
South Africa Native Extant      
South Korea Native Extant     Yes
South Sudan Native Extant      
Spain Vagrant Extant      
Sri Lanka Native Extant      
Sudan Native Extant      
Swaziland Native Extant      
Sweden Vagrant Extant      
Switzerland Vagrant Extant      
Syria Vagrant Extant     Yes
Taiwan (China) Native Extant      
Tajikistan Unknown Extant     Yes
Tanzania Native Extant      
Thailand Native Extant      
Tunisia Native Extant      
Turkey Vagrant Extant      
Turkmenistan Native Extant     Yes
Uganda Native Extant      
United Arab Emirates Native Extant   Yes Yes
United Kingdom Native Extant     Yes
Uzbekistan Unknown Extant     Yes
Vietnam Native Extant      
Western Sahara Unknown Extant   Yes Yes
Yemen Native Extant      
Zambia Native Extant      
Zimbabwe Native Extant      

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land major breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable Land major non-breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable non-breeding
Grassland Subarctic major breeding
Grassland Subarctic major non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 1800 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 6300 m


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Sport Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Anthus richardi. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 17/04/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Motacillidae (Wagtails and pipits)
Species name author Vieillot, 1818
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 22,700,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species