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Buff-bellied Pipit, American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Buff-bellied Pipit, American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Aves > Passeriformes > Motacillidae

Names in different Languages

GermanPazifischer Wasserpieper
EnglishBuff-bellied Pipit, American Pipit
FrenchPipit d'Amérique
SpanishBisbita norteamericano


A migratory, small bird usually seen walking on the ground looking for food. Diet consists mostly of insects. It is a migratory bird, spending summer in the tundra.

How to Identify

An undistinguished-looking bird with a whitish belly, breast white with dark spots, brown back and dark beak and legs. To identify this species, a close look is required. Running around on the ground may be a behavioral characteristic.

Where When to Spot

Rarely seen in Southern Quebec unless on a stop during migration in spring. The only observation of this species happened during migration in Tadoussac on the beach.




Last updated on 2023-05-06. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.