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A photo of a African Rock Pipit (Anthus crenatus)
African Rock Pipit

African Rock Pipit

Anthus crenatus

The African rock pipit, also known as the yellow-tufted pipit, is a bird with a rather unassuming appearance. Its plumage is a uniform brown, which cloaks the bird in a mantle of camouflage against the rocky grasslands it calls home. A compact body shape is characteristic of this species, and a subtle touch of color is provided by the yellow-green edges on its wing coverts.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the African rock pipit, look for its distinctive two-note call, which can be a reliable indicator of its presence. The bird's uniformly brown plumage and the yellow-green edging on its wing coverts are also key features to observe.


This species is adapted to life at high altitudes and is typically found in the rocky grasslands of South Africa and Lesotho. The rugged terrain of these regions provides the perfect backdrop for the African rock pipit's muted tones.


The African rock pipit is a resident of the southern part of the African continent, with its range primarily encompassing South Africa and the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho.


Observations of the African rock pipit's behavior reveal a bird well-suited to its environment. Its movements and foraging patterns are attuned to the rocky landscapes it inhabits.

Song & Calls

The song of the African rock pipit is not elaborate, but its two-note call is distinctive and serves as an auditory beacon for those seeking to spot this elusive bird.

Diet and Feeding

The diet of the African rock pipit is primarily composed of insects and spiders, though it will occasionally consume seeds. This varied diet allows the bird to take advantage of the different food sources available in its high-altitude habitat.

Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List has classified the African rock pipit as Near Threatened. This status indicates that the species may be at risk of becoming endangered if the circumstances threatening its survival and reproduction do not improve. Conservation efforts are essential to ensure the future of this species in its natural habitat.

African Rock Pipit Sounds

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