African rock pipit

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African rock pipit
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.AVES.123245 1 - Anthus crenatus Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870 - Motacillidae - bird skin specimen.jpeg
Specimen, NBC
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Anthus
Species: A. crenatus
Binomial name
Anthus crenatus
Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870

The African rock pipit (Anthus crenatus), also known as the yellow-tufted pipit, is a species of bird in the family Motacillidae. It is found in the high-altitude, rocky grasslands of South Africa and Lesotho.[2]

Taxonomy and Systematics[edit]

The African rock pipit forms a superspecies with the striped pipit.


The African rock pipit is a uniformly brown pipit with a compact body shape. Its wing coverts have a yellow-green edge. It can be located through its distinctive two-note call.[3]


It feeds on insects, spiders, and occasionally seeds.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Anthus crenatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Anthus crenatus (African Rock Pipit, Yellow-tufted Pipit)". Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2009). Complete photographic guide birds of Southern Africa. Struik Nature. 

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