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Rosy-throated Longclaw

From Opus

Alternative names: Pink-throated Longclaw, Rosy-breasted Longclaw

MalePhoto by nick scarleNgorongoro Crater, Tanzania, November 2017
Photo by nick scarle
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, November 2017
Macronyx ameliae


[edit] Identification

19–20 cm (7½-8 in)

  • Male: Olive and brown head, black bill, a scarlet throat bordered by black breast band, some reddish on underside, brown legs and a brown back. The eyes are brown.
  • Female: weaker / narrower breast band than adult males but still have some pink / red on the throat.
  • Juvenile: streaks across the breast and throat is pale to warm creamy

[edit] Distribution

Juvenile Photo by the late Jan Van den BroeckSt-Lucia, South Africa, 2005
Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
St-Lucia, South Africa, 2005

Africa: From Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo south to South Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are three subspecies[1]:

  • M. a. wintoni:
  • M. a. altanus:
  • M. a. ameliae:

[edit] Habitat

FemalePhoto by mkrijgerMasai Mara, Kenya, June 2006
Photo by mkrijger
Masai Mara, Kenya, June 2006

Wet or flooded lowland grassland, close to water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They feed on the ground looking for insects and their larvae, such as ants, butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and grasshoppers. Also small frogs may sometimes be preyed upon.

[edit] Breeding

Their ground nest is placed under a bush and constructed from figs, straw and leaves. The clutch consists of 2 to 3 brown eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  4. Birdforum thread with discussion of juveniles and females

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