Richard's Pipit

Anthus richardi (Vieillot, 1818) PR RICPI 10020
Family: Passeriformes > Motacillidae

Richards Pipit, Yoav Perlman

Richard's Pipit is a scarce visitor to Britain & Ireland, and most records come from the autumn migration period.

Richard's is a large pipit, with long, stout legs and a very long hind claw. The breeding range extends from Kyrgyzstan east to China, and its wintering grounds lay to the south of this, in India and south-east Asia.

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Richard's Pipit identification is sometimes difficult.


Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Richard's Pipit, provided by xeno-canto contributors.

Flight call

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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.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Richard's Pipit is a scarce autumn passage migrant, most often recorded in October, although some individuals may winter; very rare in spring.

Weekly occurence of Richard's 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 Richard's 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.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


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

Welsh: Corhedydd Richard
Catalan: piula de Richard
Czech: linduška velká
Danish: Storpiber
Dutch: Grote Pieper
Estonian: niidukiur e. stepi-niidukiur
Finnish: isokirvinen
French: Pipit de Richard
German: Spornpieper
Hungarian: sarkantyús pityer
Icelandic: Vingultittlingur
Irish: Riabhóg Richard
Italian: Calandro maggiore
Latvian: liela cipste
Lithuanian: Rišaro kalviukas
Norwegian: Tartarpiplerke
Polish: swiergotek szponiasty
Portuguese: petinha-de-richard
Slovak: labtuška velká
Slovenian: ostrožna cipa
Spanish: Bisbita de Richard
Swedish: större piplärka

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