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Abyssinian Longclaw - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Ethiopian Longclaw

Photo by volker sthamer
Entoto, Ethiopia,
Macronyx flavicollis


The only longclaw of the Ethiopian highlands.

Similar Species

It is very similar in both appearance and behaviour to the Yellow-throated Longclaw Macronyx croceus.


Endemic to Ethiopia.


Photo by nick scarle
Sululta plateau, Ethiopia, February 2007

This is a monotypic sp[1].


High-altitude grassland and arable land.


It builds a cup-shape nest raised slightly above the ground lined with grass. The clutch consists of 2 or 3 glossy, pale greenish-white eggs which are flecked with dull brown.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. ethiopiafirst

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