Red-throated Pipit | Anthus cervinus

Robert's Birding Information: Redthroated Pipit

The Red-throated 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 Red-throated Pipit (Latin name Anthus cervinus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Anthus cervinus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 903 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1114. You will find a picture of the Red-throated 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 Red-throated Pipit has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured brown. The Anthus cervinus has a red coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Anthus cervinus has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

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 yellow.

Throat is red.

Back is brown.

Photo's & Differentiating Between Male, Female & Juveniles

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Male Adult  
Female Adult  
Juvenile  
Non Breeding Plumage N/A

Red Throated Pipit Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

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

Redthroated Pipit Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.