Tmetothylacus tenellus (Golden pipit) 

Goudkoester [Afrikaans]; Gouden pieper [Dutch]; Pipit doré [French]; Goldpieper [German]; Petinha-dourada [Portuguese]

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Tmetothylacus tenellus (Golden pipit)  Tmetothylacus tenellus (Golden pipit) 

Golden pipit, Pongola Nature Reserve, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Mainly occurs in north-eastern Africa from Somalia to Tanzania, however it is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, with with five records from the Kruger National Park and Gauteng, South Africa as well as one in eastern Zimbabwe. It generally prefers arid to semi-arid grassland with scattered trees.


  • 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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