Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)


Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx chloris)


French: Pipit à gorge jaune German: Gelbbrustpieper Spanish: Bisbita pechigualdo

Anthus chloris

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1842,

Eastern Cape, South Africa


See comments under Macronyx sharpei. Previously placed in genus Anthus, with M. sharpei, a treatment still preferred by some authors. Placement in present genus supported genetically#R. Monotypic.


Drakensberg in South Africa (Mpumalanga and W KwaZulu-Natal S to NE Eastern Cape and extreme SE Free State) and, marginally, E & S Lesotho.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. (2020). Yellow-breasted Pipit (Hemimacronyx chloris). 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 22 February 2020).