Golden pipit

The golden pipit (Tmetothylacus tenellus) is a distinctive pipit of dry country grassland, savanna and shrubland in eastern Africa. It is native to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and has occurred as a vagrant to Oman, South Africa and Zimbabwe.[1]

Golden pipit
Pipit Golden by Mark Tittley.jpg
In Pongolo Nature Reserve
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Tmetothylacus
Cabanis, 1879
T. tenellus
Binomial name
Tmetothylacus tenellus
(Cabanis, 1878)

The adult male, unlike most pipits, is very easy to identify. It is yellow below and yellow in the wings. From the front the yellow throat and breast with the dark band does resemble the yellow-throated longclaw or Pangani longclaw, but neither have yellow wings (very obvious in flight) and both have a black line in the face. The female golden pipit is a fairly typical brown pipit but has a yellow underside to the wing. It is gold in colour.


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Tmetothylacus tenellus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22718401A94578651. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22718401A94578651.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.

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