Ochre-breasted Pipit (Anthus nattereri)
Ochre-breasted Pipit, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image Serra Babilônia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
April 2001

The Ochre-breasted Pipit is classified as Vulnerable. It lives in cerrado and savanna grasslands which have been increasingly under threat from grazing, the planting of eucalyptus and the spread of arable crops such as soya.

This photo was taken in April when the plumage was not particularly fresh but there is a fair amount of ochre visible on the breast.

Again, because of the season, it was not displaying. When approached, it did not fly off but rather scurried along the ground between the clumps of grass and became very difficult to see.

It is found in suitable habitat in south-east Brazil, south Paraguay and north Argentina.

There is an illustration in Threatened Birds of the World, Page 417.

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