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Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
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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 Resident
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 Yes
Serbia Vagrant Extant        
Slovakia Native Extant        
Somalia Native Extant        
South Africa Native Extant        
South Korea Native Extant     Yes  
South Sudan Native Extant       Yes
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       Yes
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 (2016) Species factsheet: Anthus richardi. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016.

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