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Rosy-throated Longclaw - BirdForum Opus

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

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

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

Distribution

Juvenile
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.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are three subspecies[1]:

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

Habitat

Female
Photo by mkrijger
Masai Mara, Kenya, June 2006

Wet or flooded lowland grassland, close to water.

Behaviour

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.

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.

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 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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