Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Bush Pipit (Anthus caffer) - HBW 9, p. 768

French: Pipit cafre German: Buschpieper Spanish: Bisbita Cafre
Other common names: Bushveld Pipit, Little Tawny Pipit

Taxonomy: Anthus caffer Sundevall, 1850, Mohapoani, by Limpopo River, South Africa.
May form a clade with A. brachyurus and A. sokokensis. Extent of distribution uncertain, and geographical variation and limits of races poorly understood. Birds from Angola included with mzimbaensis but smaller and less pale below, almost certainly involve an undescribed race; in addition, birds from extreme SE DRCongo and adjacent Zambia and N Malawi may represent an undescribed race; further study required. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • australoabyssinicus Benson, 1942 - S Ethiopia (highlands E of Rift Valley).
  • blayneyi van Someren, 1919 - S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • mzimbaensis Benson, 1955 - Angola (Cuanza Norte and Bié S to N Huíla, E to N Moxico), NW Malawi, extreme SE DRCongo and Zambia S to NE Botswana and C Zimbabwe.

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  • australoabyssinicus Benson, 1942 - S Ethiopia (highlands E of Rift Valley).
  • blayneyi van Someren, 1919 - S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • mzimbaensis Benson, 1955 - Angola (Cuanza Norte and Bié S to N Huíla, E to N Moxico), NW Malawi, extreme SE DRCongo and Zambia S to NE Botswana and C Zimbabwe.
  • caffer Sundevall, 1850 - SE Botswana, SW Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and W Swaziland.
  • traylori Clancey, 1964 - lowlands in NE South Africa (E Northern Province, NE KwaZulu-Natal), E Swaziland and extreme S Mozambique (S of R Limpopo).
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