The Wood Pipit or Woodland Pipit (Anthus nyassae) is an African pipit.
Distribution / Range
Its range extends from south-east Gabon eastwards to southern and western Tanzania and southwards as far as north-east Namibia, northern Botswana, Zimbabwe and north-west Mozambique.
It inhabits miombo woodland areas.
Taxonomy / Subspecies:
- A. n. nyassaeA. n. frondicolusA. n. schoutedeni
- Some authors recognize a fourth subspecies, A. n. chersophilus.
The Wood Pipit was formerly included in the Long-billed Pipit (Anthus similis) but is now frequently treated as a separate species.
It is 16-18 centimetres long (including tail).
The upperparts are warm brown with dark streaks. The underparts are pale with some streaking on the breast. The bird has a dark eyestripe, white supercilium and pale outer tail-feathers.
Immature birds have dark spots above and have more streaking below than the adults.
Similar Species: It looks like the Long-billed Pipit but has a slightly longer bill and tail. It has a smaller pale area in the outer tail-feathers and a slightly lower voice.
Song / Vocalizations
The bird’s song is high-pitched and monotonous.
Diet / Feeding
It mostly stays up in the trees, however forages on the ground for invertebrates.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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