French: Pipit à gorge jaune German: Gelbbrustpieper Spanish: Bisbita pechigualdo
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Drakensberg in South Africa (Mpumalanga and W KwaZulu-Natal S to NE Eastern Cape and extreme SE Free State) and, marginally, E & S Lesotho.
16–18 cm; male 24–25·6 g, two females 25·3 g and 25·8 g. Unmistakable. In breeding plumage has narrow yellowish supercilium, with lores and... read more
Song, from perch or in flight, a repeated double “see-chick, see-chick”, separated by... read more
In breeding season restricted to areas of flat or undulating submontane grassland at 1400–... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects, including mantids (Mantodea) and small beetles (Coleoptera). Skulking and furtive, creeping through grass and... read more
Breeds during Nov–Feb (summer rains). Monogamous; territorial, although sometimes several pairs nest close together. In aerial song... read more
Resident and partial short-distance migrant. Some descend to lowlands in austral winter (Apr–... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in South African Grasslands EBA. Localized and generally scarce within range; more common in N than in S. Rare in Lesotho, known... read more
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