Richard’s Pipit
Scientific Name 
Anthus novaeseelandiae richardi
Arabic Name 
الجشنة الكبيرة
Kuwaiti name 
18.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Scarce passage migrant and winter visitor. A large, long-legged pipit with streaky upperparts, it is a Siberian breeder that is regularly seen on passage in many areas in Kuwait. Although usually seen singly, a flock of 6 were spotted in early April 2007.
Where in Kuwait 
It is a bird of open country, particularly flat lowland areas. It inhabits grassland, steppe and cultivated land and has been found in large farmlands, SAANR and along the coast near Sulaibikhat.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It breeds in open grasslands in northern Asia. It is a long-distance migrant moving to open lowlands in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It A large pipit with a powerful bill and is noticeable for its long hind claws and upright stance.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation.