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Subspecies lineiventris.
Photo by safariranger
Mutinondo Wilderness, Zambia
Anthus lineiventris


A fairly plump, heavily built Pipit with boldly striped underparts extending over almost the entire belly. At close range has diagnostic yellow-edged wing feathers. Streaking that continues all the way from the throat down onto the flanks and less markedly, the belly, ending at the vent. The crown, hind-neck and mantle are greenish-grey, while the wings have distinctive lemon-yellow edges, giving the wing a greenish appearance when seen from a distance, pink legs.

Subspecies stygium.
Photo © by THE_FERN. Ngaongao Forest, Taita Hills, Kenya, November 2021





Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • A. l. stygium: West Angola to western Tanzania, south east Kenya and coastal east South Africa
  • A. l. lineiventris: South east Botswana to northeastern South Africa and westerm Swaziland


Well-wooded rocky habitats.


They forage for insects along sparse vegetation and amongst the rubble found on the slopes they favour.

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