African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus
(aka Grassland Pipit, Grassveld Pipit)
African Pipit, Lake Ziway, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

January 2016

The African Pipit is distributed throughout most of Africa south of the Sahara except for West Africa with a disjunct population in the south-west of the Arabian Peninsula. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in open country apart from desert up to about 3,000 metres.

African Pipit, Lake Chelekcheka, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image It is the most common and widespread pipit in Africa. It has a buffy supercilium, pale lores and a dark malar stripe. Buffy below, it has short dark streaks across the breast. The lower mandible is yellowish and the legs are pinkish while in flight it has extensive white on the outside of the tail.

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