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Rosy-throated Longclaw - BirdForum Opus

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

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


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


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.



There are three subspecies[1]:

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


Photo by mkrijger
Masai Mara, Kenya, June 2006

Wet or flooded lowland grassland, close to water.



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.


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


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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