Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Kimberley Pipit (Anthus pseudosimilis)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is no longer considered a valid species.


French: Pipit de Kimberley German: Kimberleypieper Spanish: Bisbita del Kimberley

Anthus pseudosimilis

Liversidge and Voelker

, 2002,

Kimberley, South Africa


This might not be a valid species, since a recent study has shown that the available material in museums is in fact an amalgam of three other taxa: the holotype is an Anthus cinnamomeus, five skins are indistinguishable from A. similis, and another skin is an A. hoeschi#R.


Poorly known. Most records from Kimberley area of C South Africa (E Northern Cape-W Free State); also recorded in NW Northern Cape and E Northern Province, and in S ­Namibia and on Botswana-South Africa border (Kalagkadi Transfrontier Park).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 28–35·2 g. Has pale creamy buff supercilium, rufous ear-coverts finely streaked buff, whitish moustachial stripe, blackish-brown malar stripe; crown and... read more


Song, in flight, consists of 3 rather deep notes, “chreep-choop-chreep”, in descending series,... read more


Grassland with short vegetation (less than 15 cm tall) and bare ground in open grassveld, open... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates; no details. Picks food items from ground and grass while walking in crouched posture. Differs from A. similis in... read more


Laying Oct–Nov. In display-flight rises to 20–30 m, then calls as it descends in loops. Two nests found: well concealed in... read more


Apparently largely sedentary, but variations in numbers at some sites suggest some movements in May... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common within small range. Poorly known species, requires further investigation; records away from Kimberley area suggest that... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & de Juana, E. (2018). Kimberley Pipit (Anthus pseudosimilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2018).