Anthus longicaudatus (Long-tailed pipit) 

Langstertkoester [Afrikaans]; Pipit longue queue [French]

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Anthus longicaudatus (Long-tailed pipit)   

Long-tailed pipit, Hope Christiana, South Africa. [photo Adam Riley , Rockjumper Tours]


Distribution and habitat

Very little is known about this species as it has only recently been described, but it is thought to breed in north-western Zambia and adjacent Angola and southern DRC, heading south in the non-breeding season to the area around Kimberley in the Northern Cape, where it was first described. It generally prefers short grassland, either natural or man-made, such as in urban parks and ploughed fields.

Movements and migrations

It is likely to be an intra-African breeding migrant to South Africa, mainly staying from May-August, with peak numbers in later July and early August.


Diet unknown, however it has been observed foraging on the ground, with its body in a horizontal stance.


  • 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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