Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
The Paddyfield pipit, as its name suggests, is often associated with rice cultivation. It also inhabits other open areas and grasslands.
The Paddyfield pipit is primarily insectivorous; it mostly feeds on the ground but catches insects in flight as well.
This pipit resides in parts of Asia from Pakistan all the way east to the Philippines.
I often see the Paddyfield pipit, either singly or in pairs, along the farm-to-market road nearby. Once they see you they’ll run a short distance and then pause before running again or flying a short distance away.