Olive-backed Pipit

Anthus hodgsoni (Richmond, 1907) OV OLBPI 10080
Family: Passeriformes > Motacillidae

Olive-backed Pipit, Toby Carter

Related to Tree Pipit, which it closely resembles, Olive-backed Pipit is a scarce autumn visitor from Russia.

There have been several hundred records from Britain, though significantly fewer from Ireland, and most reports come in the autumn (September to November).

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1.8k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.8k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Olive-backed Pipit winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Olive-backed Pipit is a rare autumn vagrant with most records in October.

Weekly occurence of Olive-backed Pipit from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Olive-backed Pipit, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Corhedydd Cefnwyrdd
Catalan: piula de Hodgson
Czech: linduška zelená
Danish: Tajga-piber
Dutch: Siberische Boompieper
Estonian: taigakiur
Finnish: taigakirvinen
French: Pipit à dos olive
German: Waldpieper
Hungarian: olívhátú pityer
Icelandic: Skógtittlingur
Irish: Riabhóg Dhroimghlas
Italian: Prispolone indiano
Latvian: zalgana cipste
Lithuanian: taiginis kalviukas
Norwegian: Sibirpiplerke
Polish: swiergotek tajgowy
Portuguese: petinha-de-hodgson
Slovak: labtuška škvrnitá
Slovenian: gozdna cipa
Spanish: Bisbita de Hodgson
Swedish: sibirisk piplärka

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