French: Pipit africain German: Zimtspornpieper Spanish: Bisbita africano
Other common names:
Jackson's Pipit (race latistriatus)
Simien Mountains, north Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. camaroonensis
Shelley, 1900 – Cameroon Pipit – W Cameroon (Mt Manengouba, Mt Cameroon).
A. c. lynesi
Bannerman & Bates, 1926 – SE Nigeria, Cameroon, W Chad and SW Sudan.
A. c. stabilis
Clancey, 1986 – C & SE Sudan, E South Sudan.
A. c. cinnamomeus
Rüppell, 1840 – African Pipit – W & SE Ethiopian highlands.
A. c. eximius
Clancey, 1986 – SW Arabia, mainly W Yemen.
A. c. annae
R. Meinertzhagen, 1921 – Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
A. c. itombwensis
Prigogine, 1981 – #Rhighlands of E DRCongo.
A. c. lacuum
R. Meinertzhagen, 1920 – SE Uganda, W & S Kenya and N & C Tanzania.
A. c. latistriatus
F. J. Jackson, 1899 – perhaps breeds in Itombwe Highlands, in E DRCongo; recorded in SW Uganda, NW Tanzania and W Kenya in non-breeding season.
A. c. winterbottomi
Clancey, 1985 – highlands of NE Zambia, N Malawi, S Tanzania and NW Mozambique.
A. c. lichenya
Vincent, 1933 – NE Angola, S & E DRCongo, and from W Uganda S to N & E Zambia, C Malawi, adjacent NW Mozambique, and Zimbabwe plateau.
A. c. spurium
Clancey, 1951 – SE Tanzania S to NE Namibia, Zambezi Valley and coastal lowlands of Mozambique.
A. c. bocagii
Nicholson, 1884 – W & S Angola S to Namibia, Botswana, W Zimbabwe and NW South Africa (Northern Cape).
A. c. grotei
Niethammer, 1957 – N Namibia and N Botswana.
A. c. rufuloides
Roberts, 1936 – South Africa (except NW), Swaziland and Lesotho lowlands.
16–17 cm; 18–31g. Large, slim, long-legged and long-tailed, well-marked pipit. Nominate race has buff lores and broad supercilium, dark brown eyestripe, buffish... read more
Song, from perch or in flight, brief, of simple repeated notes, “tree-tree-tree” or “sreet-sreet-... read more
Grassland, including fallow fields and other agricultural land, edges of pans, also recently burnt... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates, also seeds and other vegetable matter. In one study, grasshoppers (Acrididae) and beetles (Coleoptera) found in 69% of... read more
Mainly before or during rains: breeds in Feb–Apr in Cameroon Highlands, Apr in Ethiopia, May–Jun in Uganda, Mar–Jul and... read more
S populations mostly migratory, move N & E to as far as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread throughout most of range; rare in Arabia. Pipits occurring commonly around L Chad and in Mali in non-breeding... read more
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