Australasian Pipit

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Common Name: Australasian Pipit
Scientific Name: Anthus novaeseelandiae

Size: 6¼ -7½ inches (16-19 cm)

Habitat: Australiasia; Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. It is a bird of open habitats such as grassland, farmland, roadsides, dry river beds, sand dunes and open woodland.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: unknown. The birds' numbers have declined in parts of New Zealand due to the improvement of pastures, use of pesticides and predation by introduced species.

Diet: It forages on the ground for small invertebrates such as beetles, spiders and insect larvae. It will also eat seeds such as those of grasses.

Nesting: The breeding season begins in August. The cup-shaped nest is placed at the base of vegetation or in the shelter of a stone. It is made of grass and built by the female. Two to five eggs are laid, three or four being most common. They are buff-white with brown blotching and are incubated for 14 to 15 days. The young birds are fed by both parents and are able to fly after 14 to 16 days.

Cool Facts: It was formerly lumped together with the Richard's, African, Mountain and Paddyfield Pipits in a single species: Richard's Pipit, Anthus novaeseelandiae. Some authors split the Australasian Pipit further into two species: Australian Pipit (Anthus australis) in Australia and New Guinea and New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) in New Zealand.


Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume II

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