Australasian Pipit (species: Anthus (Anthus) novaeseelandiae) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Anthus (Anthus) novaeseelandiae
Australasian Pipit

©David Cook: Australian Pipit (Anthus (Anthus) novaeseelandiae)

©Leo: Australian Pipit (Anthus (Anthus) novaeseelandiae) surveying its patch from a stony vantage point

©Benjamint444: The nest and chicks of an Australian Pipit (Anthus (Anthus) novaeseelandiae)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Motacillidae
Genus Anthus
Species Anthus (Anthus) novaeseelandiae
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The plumage is pale brown above with dark streaks. The underparts are pale with streaks on the breast. There is a pale stripe over the eye and dark malar and moustachial stripes. The long tail has white outer-feathers and is often wagged up and down. The legs are long and pinkish-brown while the bill is slender and brownish. (Wikipedia)


  • From 16 cm to 19 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in 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.(Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: uncommon


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. (Wikipedia)

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