Olive-backed Pipit (UAE)
Scientific Name 
Anthus hodgsoni
Arabic Name 
الجشنة زيتونية الظهر
Kuwaiti name 
14.5 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Rare winter visitor. A northern breeder from Siberia and northern Russia, difficult to observe in the Western Palearctic. The species may be overlooked as a Tree Pipit, since it has a similar flight call. The key identification field marks include a strongly marked head and nearly unstreaked back.
Where in Kuwait 
It can be found in fairly open country, such as grassy meadows, where there are plenty of shady trees. It is also found in cultivated areas and farmland and there are no guaranteed locations for this rare species in Kuwait.
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 across South, north Central and East Asia, as well as in the northeast of European Russia. It is a long-distance migrant moving in winter to southern Asia and Indonesia. It has greenish-olive plumage on its upperparts, from which it receives its common name. It is usually found alone or in pairs, feeds primarily on insects, but will also eat seeds. It forages on the ground, walking or running after insects. When disturbed, it will fly up to the trees, much like a Tree Pipit.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and pesticides.