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