Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Striped Pipit (Anthus lineiventris)


French: Pipit de Sundevall German: Streifenpieper Spanish: Bisbita rayado

Anthus lineiventris


, 1850,

Mohapoani, Limpopo River, Botswana


See comments under A. crenatus. Described race sylvivagus included in nominate and angolensis (from Angola) in stygium; furthermore, stygium sometimes considered to be indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. l. stygium Clancey, 1952 – W Angola, and disjunctly from NW & E Tanzania, SE Kenya (Taita Hills, Chyulu Hills), SE DRCongo and W, E & S Zambia S to E Botswana, Zimbabwe, N, W & S Mozambique and coastal E South Africa.
  • A. l. lineiventris Sundevall, 1850 – SE Botswana E to NE South Africa and W Swaziland.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; male 30·3–35·3g, female 31·8–37·3 g, unsexed 29·9–38 g. Large pipit with distinctive greenish edges of wing feathers, heavily streaked... read more


    Generally silent. Song loud, high-pitched, rich and melodious, with whistled phrases, rather like... read more


    Rocky wooded hillsides and grassy mountain slopes with rock outcrops and scattered trees and bushes... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; grasshoppers (Orthoptera) recorded. Forages on ground among and over rocks. Often perches in trees.


    Laying in Nov in Tanzania, Sept–Oct in Malawi and Mozambique, and Sept–Jan in Zimbabwe and South Africa; birds in breeding... read more


    Resident and migratory. Tropical populations probably largely sedentary, although some altitudinal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread. Locally distributed and generally scarce in Tanzania and SE Kenya; locally common in Angola and Botswana and in other parts of range, but... read more

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2020). Striped Pipit (Anthus lineiventris). 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 18 February 2020).