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wood pipit

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Wood pipits (Anthus nyassae) inhabit the short, grassy understorey of miombo woodland and at times in other rocky areas amongst other broad-leaved trees. They walk on the ground, but will flee to the safety of trees when disturbed.

Distribution: North-eastern regions of Namibia only including Kaudom Park and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Forages under trees, mainly on the ground, for termites, beetles, crickets and grasshoppers, spiders, wasps, ants, cockroaches and bugs.

Description: Sandy brown upper parts, with distinctive dark brown streaking. Dark brown tail, rufous-buff underparts and a streaked dark brown chest.

Breeding: An open cup of dry grass and root stems is lined with rootlets and other fine plant material. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid from July to February.

Size: 18cm. Weight: 25g.

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