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Yellow-throated Longclaw - BirdForum Opus

Photo by nkgray
Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa, January 2007
Macronyx croceus


20–22 cm (7¾-8¾ in)
Yellow throat surrounded by black, yellow underside and supercilium, upperside mostly brownish with darker feather centers and yellow edgings on primaries producing a wing panel.

Similar species

Golden Pipit has black breast band but not black around rest of throat. It is also brighter and more yellow, especially on wings.


Photo by juninho
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, June 2004

Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zaire
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland


This is a monotypic species[1].


Widespread in grasslands, dry savanna, seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and sandy shores.



They eat invertebrates and other insects, particularly grasshoppers and beetles.


Song usually given from top of bush or in flight.
Song: a rapi“tir-tri-tri-tri delivered from a perch or in flight.


  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 Sept 2017)

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