Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Malindi Pipit (Anthus melindae)


French: Pipit de Malindi German: Malindipieper Spanish: Bisbita de Malindi

Anthus melindæ


, 1900,

Malindi, Kenya


Possibly related to A. cinnamomeus. Name mallablensis is a replacement for same author’s original pallidus, which is preoccupied by an unused junior synonym of A. h. hellmayri#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. mallablensis Colston, 1987 – coast of SE Somalia from NE of Mogadishu (Middle Shebelle) S to c. 1° N.
  • A. m. melindae Shelley, 1900 – S Somalia (S from lower R Jubba and lower R Shebelle and, inland, from Mogadishu) S to coastal Kenya (S to lower Tana Valley and Mombasa).
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5–16 cm; 19–27 g. Large, distinctive, long-legged pipit. Has whitish supercilium, brown lores, moustachial area and eyestripe, broad buff line below eye... read more


    Song, from perch usually 1–1·5 m above ground, a jangling “creer”, “... read more


    Low-lying coastal or riparian grassland, subject to seasonal flooding, which is well grazed or... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small invertebrates. Items taken from the ground or from the base of grass stems; locusts (Orthoptera) sometimes caught in the air.... read more


    Laying during the rains, Apr–Jun, in Kenya; one record of two half-grown nestlings in early Jun in Somalia. Monogamous; territorial.... read more


    Apparently resident; some local dispersive movements. May be an occasional wanderer in Kenya S of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). Remapping of this species' distribution yielded a much larger range than previously estimated, and it was therefore downlisted... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Malindi Pipit (Anthus melindae). 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 22 February 2020).