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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Olive-backed Pipit



Awaiting image for this species
(Probably a long wait ...)



Olive-backed Pipit

Indian Pipit , Hodgson's Pipit, Tree Pipit

Anthus hodgson


  • Olive-backed Pipit (Indian Pipit , Hodgson's Pipit, Tree Pipit)
  • Anthus hodgson
  • UK: Accidental
  • WI: Very rare visitor (less than 5 records)
  • Breeds: Nest a moss and grass cup on ground under a tuft of grass or rock.
    Lays 3-5 dark-brown, spotted eggs. Across Asia, & NE of European Russia
  • Winters: Southern Asia and Indonesia. Long-distance migrant
  • Habitat: Winters in evergreen woodland, Summers in open woodland
  • Sparrow-sized: Greenish brown streaked. Darker brown above. Supercilium, double wingbar. Whitish-buff below. Dark-brown streaking on breast and flanks. Sexes similar. Flight jerky and undulating.
  • Diet: Insects, grass and weed seeds. Runs about on the ground in search of food and flies up into trees when disturbed.

Sometimes it is also called the Tree Pipit, which it resembles. Its back is more olive-toned and less streaked than that species, it has a different head pattern,and the supercilium is better-marked.


BBRC records 1950-2006 (UK)
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0,
1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 4, 5, 3, 1, 7, 2, 4, 20, 11, 2, 43, 13, 17,
35, 8, 2, 6, 5, 2, 2, 18, 19, 9, 18, 8, 9, 15,


Olive-backed Pipit records in the Western Isles

I asked Martin Scott of Western Isles RSPB about the Pipit
Was it a first for the islands?
"No its a second. There was one accepted in (5th November 2005) at Port of Ness. There were two other reports that autumn, but neither was accepted (I believe)".

Very rare visitor (less than 5 records)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


The chart below shows how abundant the Olive-backed Pipit is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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