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