Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)


Sokoke Pipit (Anthus sokokensis)


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

Anthus sokokensis

van Someren

, 1921,

Sokoke, Kenya


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


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


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


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


Undulating aerial display over forest canopy. No other information.



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. (2020). 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 on 17 February 2020).