Bushveld Pipit | Anthus caffer

Robert's Birding Information: Bushveld Pipit

The Bushveld Pipit is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Motacillidae bird family group which includes birds such as Wagtails, Longclaws, Pipits.

The description for the Bushveld Pipit (Latin name Anthus caffer) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Anthus caffer can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 723 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1112. You will find a picture of the Bushveld Pipit on page 1120.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

Neither the Latin nor the English name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Bushveld Pipit is known in Afrikaans as Bosveldkoester.

The Bushveld Pipit has a height of 13 cms and weighs around 17 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured brown. The Anthus caffer has a brown, white coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is brown.

Legs are pink.

Throat is brown, white.

Back is brown.

Photo's & Differentiating Between Male, Female & Juveniles

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Male Adult  
Female Adult  
Juvenile  
Non Breeding Plumage N/A

Bushveld Pipit Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Bushveld Pipit is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The Anthus caffer forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Bushveld Pipit is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The Bushveld Pipit is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Bushveld Pipit is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.