Anthus pseudosimilis (Kimberley pipit) 

Kimberleykoester [Afrikaans]; Pipit forestier [French]

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Anthus pseudosimilis (Kimberley pipit)  Anthus pseudosimilis (Kimberley pipit) 

Kimberley pipit. [photo Sion Stanton ]

Immature Kimberley pipit, Garingboom, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

Distribution and habitat

Thought to be endemic to southern Africa, occurring from south-eastern Namibia through to southern Botswana and northern and central South Africa. It generally prefers short, open grassveld with patches of bare ground, Karoo scrub and short vegetation around pans or along dry riverbeds.


Diet unknown, but it is presumed to consist of mainly insects plucked from the ground.


  • The nest (see image below) is a grass cup lined with rootlets and other fine plant material, typically concealed at the base of a grass tuft.
Anthus pseudosimilis (Kimberley pipit)  

Kimberley pipit nest with chick, Cyferfontein, Springfontein, South Africa. [photo Warwick Tarboton ]

  • Only two clutches of eggs have been recorded, with two and three eggs laid in the period from October-November.
  • Little is known about the chicks, other then that they leave the nest after at least 16 days.


There is no information on its population numbers, so its conservation status is unknown.


  • 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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