Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Short-tailed Pipit (Anthus brachyurus) - HBW 9, p. 768

French: Pipit à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzpieper Spanish: Bisbita Colicorto

Taxonomy: Anthus brachyurus Sundevall, 1850, upper Umlaas River, near Durban, South Africa.
May form a clade with A. caffer and A. sokokensis. Racial differences rather unclear, and correct assignation of population from S Tanzania disputed; proposed race eludens (WC DRCongo) not reliably separable from leggei. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leggei Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 - disjunct populations in E DRCongo, SW Uganda, Rwanda, N Burundi and extreme NW Tanzania; SE Gabon and S PRCongo through W & S DRCongo to NE Angola and N & C Zambia; and (probably this race) S Tanzania.
  • brachyurus Sundevall, 1850 - SC Mozambique (N of Beira); E South Africa (Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal) and E Lesotho.

  • Least Concern
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