Another new bird for Australia - Blyth's Pipit

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Subject: Another new bird for Australia - Blyth's Pipit
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:56:11 +1100
If anyone really wants to see one, forget time travel, probably to go to
Mongolia or southern Asia would be a better option. 


This from Wikipedia:

The Blyth's pipit (Anthus godlewskii) is a medium-sized passerine bird which
breeds in Mongolia and neighbouring areas. It is a long distance migrant
moving to open lowlands in southern Asia. It is a very rare vagrant to
western Europe.

This is a large pipit, but is an undistinguished looking species on the
ground, mainly brown above and pale below. It is very similar to Richard's
pipit, but is slightly smaller, shorter legs and a shorter dark bill. Its
flight is strong and direct, and it gives a characteristic "pshee" call,
higher pitched than Richard's.

In south Asia, in winter some care must be taken to distinguish this from
other large pipits which winter or are resident in the area, including
Richard's. This species is insectivorous.

This bird was named after the English zoologist Edward Blyth.

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John Tongue
Sent: Monday, 16 February 2015 10:55 AM
To: Mike Carter
Cc: David James; Ian McAllan; 'birding-aus'; John Darnell; Rohan Clarke
Subject: Another new bird for Australia - Blyth's Pipit

Ah!  But maybe another will turn up there in a few weeks' time????

(We can hope).

John Tongue
Devonport, Tas (but heading to Christmas Island)

On 16/02/2015, at 10:28 AM, "Mike Carter" <> wrote:

> John Darnell of the WA Museum tells me that the long lost specimen of 
> Blyth's Pipit (see David James & Ian McAllan in Australian Field 
> Ornithology Supplement 2014) has at last been found in the Berlin 
> Museum and the identity confirmed. Unless you have time travel capability
this is not
> twitchable as it was collected on Christmas Island in 1923!   
> Cheers,
> Mike Carter, 03 9787 7136
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza, VIC 3930, Australia

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