This is a medium-large pipit, 16-17.5 cm long, but is an undistinguished looking species on the ground, mainly sandy grey above and whitish or pale buff below. It is very similar to the tawny pipit, but is slightly larger, has a longer tail and a longer dark bill. The long-billed pipit's flight is strong and direct, and it gives a characteristic chupp call, similar to desert lark.

Habitat and Distribution

The long-billed pipit's breeding habitat is dry open slopes with rocks and low vegetation in south central Africa.


Like its relatives, long-billed pipit eats seeds and insects.


The nest is on the ground, with 2-4 eggs being laid.

Calls and Songs

Its song is like that of the tawny pipit, but slower and more varied, sri...churr...sri...churr?sri..churr.