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Journal of Arid Land  2011, Vol. 3 Issue (4): 300-302    DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1227.2011.00300
Brief Communication     
A new ornithological record, Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi Swinhoe, 1863, from Xinjiang
Peng DING1,2, Ming MA1*, Ying CHEN1,2, Geoff CAREY3, Paul HOLT4
1 Key Laboratory of Biogeography and Bio-resources in Arid Land, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China;
2 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
3 Asia Ecological Consultants Ltd, Hong Kong, China;
4 Sunbird, Bedfordshire, SG 19 1DF, UK
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Abstract  On 15 September, 2010, a Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi Swinhoe was found in the Hami prefecture (41°13′N and 93°29′E, 1,143 m a.s.l.), Xinjiang, during the period of a comprehensive scientific survey in Lop Nur region. The bird, which was photographed, is a new avian record for Xinjiang. The pipit reproduces in northern Eurasia, mainly in wide meadows and low hills, and can be found in open forests and nearby residential areas in the process of on migration. The species is an insectivore and is a rare migrant or vagrant in Xinjiang. The geographical distribution, character, habitat, ecological habit and subspecies of the Pechora Pipit were discussed in this paper.

Key wordssoil transformation      aridization      Aral Sea      Syr-Darya Delta     
Received: 10 June 2011      Published: 07 December 2011

The National Science and Technology Support Project of China (2008BAC39 B04), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30470262, 30970340).

Corresponding Authors: Ming MA     E-mail:
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Peng DING, Ming MA, Ying CHEN, Geoff CAREY, Paul HOLT. A new ornithological record, Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi Swinhoe, 1863, from Xinjiang. Journal of Arid Land, 2011, 3(4): 300-302.

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