African Pippit

Scientific Name:
Vanellus senegallus
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the African Pippit

The African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus) is a small, terrestrial bird species native to sub-Saharan Africa.


African Pipits are commonly found in a variety of open habitats, including grasslands, savannas, agricultural fields, scrublands, and sometimes even urban areas with suitable foraging grounds. They prefer areas with short grass or sparse vegetation, where they can easily move around and forage for food. These pipits are often seen in areas with a mix of grassland and shrubby cover, where they can find insects and seeds.


African Pipits are relatively small birds, measuring around 15 to 17 centimeters (6 to 7 inches) in length. They have a slender build with a long, thin bill, which they use to probe the ground for insects and other small prey. Their plumage is primarily brown and buff-colored, with streaked patterns on the back and wings, and a pale belly. Best Viewing The best places to view African Pipits are open grasslands, agricultural fields, and scrublands within their range. Look for them foraging on the ground, where their cryptic plumage provides camouflage against the grass and soil. They often move around in short, jerky hops, pausing occasionally to peck at the ground or catch flying insects.