French: Sentinelle de Sharpe German: Zitronenpieper Spanish: Bisbita de Sharpe
F. J. Jackson
Mau Plateau, Kenya
Highlands of W & C Kenya: Mt Elgon, and on both sides of Rift Valley on Cherangani Hills, Mau and Kinangop Plateaux, S slopes of Aberdares and N slopes of Mt Kenya. Possibly also on Ugandan side of Mt Elgon.
16–17 cm. Small, slender longclaw with Anthus-like appearance. Adult male has lemon-yellow supercilium with small olive-brown streaks, pale creamy lores tinged... read more
Song, in flight or from perch, a series of thin, plaintive whistles rising in pitch, “yo yo... read more
Open, treeless, short and often tussocky grassland at 1850–3400 m, mostly below 2800 m; areas... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, particularly grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera), also other small invertebrates. Forages in grassland; foraging... read more
Laying during or just after rains, Mar–Jun and Sept–Oct, and in Dec. Monogamous; solitary nester, territorial. In brief aerial... read more
Sedentary; local movements may occur if habitat becomes very dry.
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Kenyan Mountains EBA. Local and generally uncommon; in 1977 described as common on Kinangop and Mau Plateaux and around... read more
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