Like other pipits, the short-billed pipit forages by walking along the ground, picking food from the surface (2) (3). Small insects and other invertebrates are thought to form the bulk of its diet, but it probably also takes seeds. During the breeding season it occurs singly or in pairs, but at other times gathers together in flocks (2). Little is documented about the breeding behaviour of this species, but displaying males are known to hover as high as 60 to 80 metres in the air, for 10 to 30 minutes at a time, all the while giving a fine, musical song (2) (3). The grass nest is positioned in a depression in the ground, and the clutch size is up to four eggs. The seasonal movements of the short-billed pipit are poorly known, but it is thought to possibly undertake altitudinal movements in the Andes, while the occurence of individuals in Paraguay during the non-breeding season is evidence of some long-distance migratory behaviour (2).