Langstertkoester [Afrikaans]; Pipit à longue queue
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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.