French: Pipit de Sundevall German: Streifenpieper Spanish: Bisbita rayado
Mohapoani, Limpopo River, Botswana
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.
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
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