Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Long-legged Pipit (Anthus pallidiventris)


French: Pipit à longues pattes German: Stelzenpieper Spanish: Bisbita patilargo

Anthus pallidiventris


, 1885,



Race esobe intergrades with nominate in region of Bolobo, on middle R Congo. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. pallidiventris Sharpe, 1885 – SW & S Cameroon S to N Angola (S to W Cuanza Sul and Lunda Sul); recorded, status uncertain, in Benin and Nigeria#R.
  • A. p. esobe Chapin, 1937 – middle R Congo Basin.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm. Large, plain-backed pipit with long legs and bill, long hind claw, and upright stance. Nominate race has prominent whitish supercilium, brown lores and ear-­... read more


    Song a repeated "tit-tidii". Contact call "psip"; flight call liquid "poui-titit"; husky "ptic-ptic... read more


    Patches of natural grassland, including forest clearings, as well as pastures, grassland and bare... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food arthropods, such as small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), other small flying insects, and spiders (Araneae). Forages on the ground, running... read more


    Little information. Laying in May and Jul–Aug in Gabon; eggs in Aug in PRCongo; nestling in Jan in DRCongo, but possibly breeds also... read more


    Apparently resident over much of range, but thought to be locally nomadic in non-breeding season.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common; more widely distributed than was previously thought. Has recently extended its range NW from Gabon to SW Cameroon, and two possible... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2019). Long-legged Pipit (Anthus pallidiventris). 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 November 2019).