French: Pipit cafre German: Buschpieper Spanish: Bisbita cafre
Other common names:
Mohapoani, by Limpopo River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. australoabyssinicus
Benson, 1942 – S Ethiopia (highlands E of Rift Valley).
A. c. blayneyi
van Someren, 1919 – S Kenya and N Tanzania.
A. c. mzimbaensis
Benson, 1955 – Angola (Cuanza Norte S to N Huíla, E to N Moxico), NW Malawi, extreme SE DRCongo and Zambia S to E Botswana and C Zimbabwe.
A. c. caffer
Sundevall, 1850 – extreme SE Botswana, extreme SW Zimbabwe and NE South Africa.
A. c. traylori
Clancey, 1964 – lowlands in NE South Africa (E Limpopo, E Mpumalanga and NE KwaZulu-Natal), E Swaziland and extreme S Mozambique (S of R Limpopo).
12·5–13·5 cm; 16–18 g. Small pipit with warm-coloured upperparts. Nominate race has indistinct buffish supercilium, buff-flecked dark brown... read more
Song, from tree perch, a repeated phrase of 2–3 notes, first note lower, “werrp-cheer,... read more
Tree and bush savanna or open woodland with rather sparse ground cover, often with bare sandy... read more
Food and feeding
Prey consists of small insects and other invertebrates. Forages on the ground among leaves, in grass or on bare patches; when disturbed,... read more
Poorly known. Laying dates Mar–Apr in Kenya, Nov and Jan in Zimbabwe, and Oct–Mar in South Africa. Nest a small thick-walled... read more
Not well understood. Partially nomadic in E Africa (race blayneyi), movements coinciding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Localized and generally uncommon; not uncommon in Angola; very scarce in Malawi. Apparently disjunct distribution, but perhaps overlooked in some... read more
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