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African Pipit

Afrikaans name: Gewone Koester

African Pipit

African Pipit

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Anthus cinnamomeus

This Pipit has been through a number of name changes in recent years. I first knew it as Richard's Pipit, then it became the Grassveld Pipit and it is now called the African Pipit. Even its scientific name got changed from Anthus novaeseelandiae to Anthus cinnamomeus.

No matter what you call this Pipit it is probably the most common and widely distributed Pipit in South Africa.

The African Pipit is most common in open areas of grassland and savanna. It also likes sports fields, air fields and other nicely mowed areas. When driving in game parks and nature reserves they can often be seen on the dirt roads.

Their main food is insects but they do also eat some seeds.

The African Pipit in spring or summer, depending which part of the country it is in They hide their nests in shrubs and the female lays 2 to 4 eggs. Both parents are involved in rearing the chicks.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 261

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 152

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 95

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 195

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 224

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 75

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 36

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 184

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 186

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 272

Identification of the Pipits of Southern Africa - Author: Faansie Peacock - Year Published: - Page: 6

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 288

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 288

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 291

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 478

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 491

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 626

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 625

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 352

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 386

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 12

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 13

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 40

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 144

List of South African Birds

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