French: Pipit des rochers German: Klippenpieper Spanish: Bisbita roquero
Other common names:
African Rock Pipit
Finsch and Hartlaub
near Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa from S & E Northern Cape and N Western Cape E in mountains to S Mpumalanga, W Swaziland and Lesotho (Drakensberg); also, isolated population in NC Northern Cape (lower R Orange).
17–18 cm; 29–32·5 g. Large, stocky, plain-backed pipit with heavy bill and legs, distinctive yellow edgings on wings. Has prominent buffish supercilium... read more
Song, from perch or in flight, a series of sweet disyllabic phrases repeated several times, second... read more
Mountains and karroid terrain (kopjes and dry stony hills), mainly above 1000 m, in S & W of... read more
Food and feeding
Diet little known. Recorded items include spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and grass seeds (Gramineae). Forages on the ground,... read more
Few records. Laying during summer rains in Oct–Mar, mainly Nov–Jan; once in Aug in SW (winter-rainfall area). Monogamous;... read more
None known; apparent lack of seasonal gregariousness suggests strictly sedentary lifestyle.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Widely distributed and fairly common in suitable habitat; especially common in Lesotho, where reported as being... read more
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