Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Endangered

Sokoke Pipit (Anthus sokokensis)


Taxonomy

French: Pipit de Sokoke German: Sokokepieper Spanish: Bisbita del Sokoke
Taxonomy:

Anthus sokokensis

van Someren

, 1921,

Sokoke, Kenya

.

May form a clade with A. brachyurus and A. caffer. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Coastal forest in E Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 12–17 g. Small pipit with richly coloured upperparts, prominent pale wingbars, heavily streaked breast. Has narrow buffish-white supercilium, ear-coverts... read more

Voice

Song, in flight, repeated high-pitched phrases e.g. “eee-see” or “su-eeee-see... read more

Habitat

Coastal forest. In Kenya (Arabuko-Sokoke Forest), particularly in dense Afzelia-dominated... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, such as termites (Isoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Recorded taking a snail. Forages among leaf litter on forest floor. When... read more

Breeding

Undulating aerial display over forest canopy. No other information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in East African Coastal Forests EBA. Global range very small, c. 2270 km². Shy and easily overlooked; often located only by... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & Bonan, A. (2018). Sokoke Pipit (Anthus sokokensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57809 on 16 October 2018).