Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Near Threatened

Mountain Pipit (Anthus hoeschi)


French: Pipit alticole German: Drakensbergpieper Spanish: Bisbita montano

Anthus hoeschi


, 1938,

Erongo Mountains, Damaraland, Namibia


Formerly treated as part of expanded “A. novaeseelandiae complex”, and synonymized with race bocagii of A. cinnamomeus by some authors. Described races editus (from Lesotho) and lwenarum (from NW Zambia) considered indistinguishable from other populations. The taxon “Kimberley Pipit Anthus pseudosimilis”, recognized in HBW, is an amalgam of the present species, A. similis and A. cinnamomeus, and is invalid#R. Monotypic.


Drakensberg of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, N Eastern Cape, extreme NE Free State) and Lesotho; migrates to E Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

18·5 cm; 23·5–31 g. Has broad buffy supercilium, dark brown eyestripe and moustachial stripe, narrow blackish malar streak; above, brown with heavy black... read more


Song, given in flight or from perch, rendered as “tchrit-chritchritchri”, “tsi-... read more


Short montane grassland at 2000–2700 m during breeding season; largely segregated from A... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Appears to forage mainly on the ground, picking at small invertebrates, as other members of genus.


Laying recorded from late Nov to early Jan. Monogamous; territorial. Cruising display-flight. Nest a grass cup, placed on ground under a... read more


Migratory. After breeding, moves N to E Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia; possibly also to N Angola... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesotho Highlands EBA. Apparently rare, and little known outside breeding... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Mountain Pipit (Anthus hoeschi). 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 29 February 2020).