The Yellow-breasted Pipit is an endemic species to the high altitude sour grasslands of South Africa, but including limited areas in Lesotho and Swaziland as well. It prefers tussocky grassland, with reliance on taller sections of grassland, particularly during the breeding season for nest building and concealment.

It is estimated that the population has declined by at least 20% during 2000-2011 and a subsequent range contraction has also been noted. As with other highland grassland species, primary threats facing this species include habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation through various anthropogenic activities.

Project aims/activities:

  • Conduct a global assessment of the current status of this species across its range to better inform conservation measures undertaken.
  • Assess the rate of habitat loss for this species over recent times (1999 – 2017), as well as potential future loss through climate change.
  • Develop a conservation network for this species incorporating the core sites that have remained most stable and could allow the species to persist.
  • Implement stewardship initiatives to provide conservation protection for any core sites that are not situated within existing protected areas.