Anthus lineiventris (Striped pipit) 

Gestreepte koester [Afrikaans]; Intsasana [Xhosa]; Gestreepte pieper [Dutch]; Pipit de Sundevall [French]; Streifenpieper [German]; Petinha-estriada [Portuguese]

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Anthus lineiventris (Striped pipit)   

Striped pipit. [photo Andy and Gill Swash ]


Distribution and habitat

Occurs in patches from southern Kenya through Tanzania, Zambia, southern DRC and Malawi to southern Africa. Here it is uncommon to fairly common in northern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, south-eastern Botswana, eastern South Africa and Swaziland, generally preferring woodland on the steep slopes of mountains, hills and gorges, especially miombo (Brachystegia) woodland but also Afromontane forest and alien tree plantations.

Distribution of Striped pipit in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project ( Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2.  


It does most of its foraging between rocks on the ground, in sparse vegetation and on roadsides, feeding on insects such as grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and other invertebrates, including ticks (Amblyoma).


  • The nest is a cup of dry grass, leaves and twigs, lined with fine grass and rootlets. It is typically placed on level ground against a rock or dead grass tuft, or alternatively on a low bank among ferns.
  • Egg-laying season is from September-January, peaking from October-December.
  • It lays 2-3 white eggs, heavily speckled with brown and grey.


Not threatened.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 



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