Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Buffy Pipit (Anthus vaalensis) - HBW 9, p. 753

French: Pipit du Vaal German: Vaalpieper Spanish: Bisbita del Vaal
Other common names: Sandy (Plain-backed) Pipit

Taxonomy: Anthus vaalensis Shelley, 1900, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Was in the past confused with A. leucophrys; NE races saphiroi and goodsoni still included in that species by some authors. Race chobiensis possibly better merged with neumanni, and marungensis possibly indistinguishable from either of those two. Proposed race daviesi (Eastern Cape, South Africa) included in nominate, and muhingae (SE DRCongo) in neumanni; birds of SE Botswana and NE South Africa sometimes separated as race clanceyi. Geographical limits of races difficult to establish; boundaries between listed ranges tenta.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Anthus vaalensis Shelley, 1900, Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Was in the past confused with A. leucophrys; NE races saphiroi and goodsoni still included in that species by some authors. Race chobiensis possibly better merged with neumanni, and marungensis possibly indistinguishable from either of those two. Proposed race daviesi (Eastern Cape, South Africa) included in nominate, and muhingae (SE DRCongo) in neumanni; birds of SE Botswana and NE South Africa sometimes separated as race clanceyi. Geographical limits of races difficult to establish; boundaries between listed ranges tentative. Eight subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • saphiroi Neumann, 1906 - SE Ethiopia and NW Somalia.
  • goodsoni Meinertzhagen, 1920 - C & SW Kenya and extreme N Tanzania.
  • neumanni Meinertzhagen, 1920 - Angolan plateau and SC & S DRCongo; moves S to Namibia and Botswana in the rains.

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  • saphiroi Neumann, 1906 - SE Ethiopia and NW Somalia.
  • goodsoni Meinertzhagen, 1920 - C & SW Kenya and extreme N Tanzania.
  • neumanni Meinertzhagen, 1920 - Angolan plateau and SC & S DRCongo; moves S to Namibia and Botswana in the rains.
  • chobiensis (Roberts, 1932) - SE DRCongo and W Tanzania S to SE Angola, extreme NE Namibia, N Botswana, Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
  • marungensis Chapin, 1937 - N Zambia E to S Tanzania.
  • namibicus Clancey, 1990 - NE & C Namibia.
  • exasperatus Winterbottom, 1963 - NE Botswana; migrates to W Zimbabwe.
  • vaalensis Shelley, 1900 - S Botswana E to S Mozambique, NE South Africa and W Lesotho.
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