BUFFY PIPIT

Anthus vaalensis

A: Vaalkoester

 

This can be a tricky bird to find – preferring grassland in drier areas. Chiefly told apart from similar Plain-backed Pipit by its very upright stance, long-legged appearance, and deep tail-wagging. The plain mantle separates this (and Plain-backed) from the other pipits. Their pink lower mandible can be very tricky and is not a reliable ID feature.