French: Pipit à dos uni German: Braunrückenpieper Spanish: Bisbita liso
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. l. ansorgei
C. M. N. White, 1948 – extreme S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
A. l. saphiroi
Neumann, 1906 – SE Ethiopia and NW Somalia.
A. l. zenkeri
Neumann, 1906 – Guinea and S Mali E to Ghana, thence E to S Chad, Central African Republic and S Sudan, and S to Cameroon, N & E DRCongo, Burundi, NW Tanzania and W Kenya.
A. l. goodsoni
R. Meinertzhagen, 1920 – C & SW Kenya and extreme N Tanzania.
A. l. gouldii
Fraser, 1843 – Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast.
A. l. omoensis
Neumann, 1906 – SE Sudan, E South Sudan, Eritrea, and N, C & W Ethiopia.
A. l. bohndorffi
Neumann, 1906 – SE Gabon, C Congo, and S DRCongo E to W Tanzania and S to C Angola, N Zambia and N Malawi (R Songwe).
A. l. tephridorsus
Clancey, 1967 – S Angola and S Zambia S to N Namibia, NW Botswana and NW Zimbabwe.
A. l. leucophrys
Vieillot, 1818 – SE Botswana E to extreme S Mozambique, S to E & S South Africa.
15–17 cm; 21–32 g. Nominate race has buffy supercilium, brown lores and ear-coverts, latter mottled buffish, dark eyestripe and moustachial stripe, faint dark... read more
Song, from ground or perch, an unstructured monotonous series of well-spaced phrases, “ chwee-... read more
Savanna with scattered trees and bushes in better-wooded areas, open grassland with scattered... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, especially caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); also seeds. In stomach contents from S... read more
Breeds mainly during rains: Apr–Jun in Senegambia, Jan–May in Sierra Leone, Feb–Jun in Ghana, juvenile in Jul in Burkina... read more
Little known; some populations believed to be sedentary, with others making altitudinal or nomadic... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Fairly catholic in its choice of habitats, and unlikely to be at any risk in the long term. Clearing of land for... read more
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