Plain Pipits

The Plain Pipits (Anthus leucophrys) occur naturally in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. They inhabit open habitats, such as short grassland and cultivations.


The Plain Pipit is a large pipit measuring about 17 cm in length, including its tail.

The plumage is mostly grey-brown, faintly streaked bove and pale below with light streaking on the chest.

It has a strong white supercilium and dark moustachial stripes.

The legs and tail are long. The bill is dark.

Males and females look alike, but juveniles have warmer brown upperparts.

Similar Species / Vocalizations: The Plain Pipit resembles the wintering Tawny Pipits, Anthus campestris. However, the Plain Pipit has a darker plumage than the Tawny, and stands more upright. It has a different call as well. The Plain Pipit’s call is a characteristic “ssissik” call, while the Tawny Pipit’s is a “tchilip”.

Plain Pipit (Anthus leucophrys)

Breeding / Nesting

Plain Pipits place their cup-shaped nests on the ground. The average clutch consists of 3 eggs.

Plain Pipit (Anthus leucophrys)

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Diet / Feeding

Plain Pipits mostly feed on insects.

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