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Length 12-13 cm. A very small pipit with a short, thin tail. The upper parts are dark and heavily streaked; outer tail is white.
Possibly the only sexually dimorphic pipits:1 The males have distinctly buffy underparts, while the females are white with bold chest streaking.
Africa south of the equator.
Anthus brachyurus has two subspecies:2
Short sparse grassland; in the winter months also recorded on short seasonally flooded grassland.
Seldom venture from grass cover where they forage for invertebrates and seeds.
Breeding: Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a grass cup concealed in dense grass; two to three eggs are laid.
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