Striped Pipit | Anthus lineiventris

Robert's Birding Information: Striped Pipit

The Striped 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 Striped Pipit (Latin name Anthus lineiventris) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Anthus lineiventris can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 720 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1101. You will find a picture of the Striped 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 Striped Pipit is known in Afrikaans as Gestreepte Koester.

The Striped Pipit has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 34 gms. The head is coloured olive while the bill is coloured brown. The Anthus lineiventris has a white, black coloured throat, pink legs and a olive 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 olive.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is brown.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white, black.

Back is olive.

Photo's & Differentiating Between Male, Female & Juveniles

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Male Adult  
Female Adult  
Non Breeding Plumage N/A

Striped 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.

Striped Pipit Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Striped 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 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured grey.

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

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.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks.