French: Pipit à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzpieper Spanish: Bisbita colicorto
upper Umlaas River, near Durban, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. leggei
Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – disjunct populations in E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda, N Burundi and extreme NW Tanzania; SE Gabon and S Congo through W & S DRCongo to NE Angola and N & C Zambia; and (probably this race) S Tanzania.
A. b. brachyurus
Sundevall, 1850 – C & S Mozambique (N of Beira, Limpopo floodplain) and E South Africa (Mpumalanga, E Free State and KwaZulu-Natal); possibly E Lesotho.
11·5–12·5 cm; male 15·5–16·7 g, female 13·5–17·2 g. Small pipit with noticeably short tail; has been likened to female of a small bishop (Euplectes... read more
Song, in flight, a high, rapid, rather grating series of phrases, “tuweehweeh-weeh wheeh... read more
Short open grassland less than 15 cm in height. Moist, often seasonally inundated grassland... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, also grass seeds (Gramineae). Forages on ground. The most terrestrial of the small pipits, inconspicuous and... read more
Poorly known. Breeds in the rains, in Dec in Angola, Nov–Feb in DRCongo, Nov–Dec in S Tanzania (Iringa highlands) and Sept... read more
Poorly understood. May be resident in some areas, an altitudinal migrant (in KwaZulu-Natal), a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to frequent throughout most of range, may be more common locally; rare in South Africa, where population estimated at fewer than... read more
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