Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Striped Pipit (Anthus lineiventris) - HBW 9, p. 755

French: Pipit de Sundevall German: Streifenpieper Spanish: Bisbita Rayado
Other common names: Large Striped Pipit

Taxonomy: Anthus lineiventris Sundevall, 1850, Mohapoani, Limpopo River, Botswana.
Was previously sometimes thought to form a superspecies with A. crenatus, but the two species differ widely in plumage characters and ecology. Described race sylvivagus included in nominate and angolensis (from Angola) in stygium; furthermore, stygium considered by some authors to be indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • stygium Clancey, 1952 - W Angola, and disjunctly from NW & W Tanzania, SE Kenya (Taita Hills, Chyulu Hills), SE DRCongo and W, E & S Zambia S to NE Botswana, Zimbabwe, N, W & S Mozambique and coastal E South Africa.
  • lineiventris Sundevall, 1850 - SE Botswana E to NE South Africa and W Swaziland.

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