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Yellow-throated Longclaw

Afrikaans name: Geelkeelkalkoentjie

Yellow-throated Longclaw

The Yellow-throated Longclaw is often seen in grassland

Photo © Steven Herbert

Macronyx croceus

The Yellow-throated Longclaw is a common and widely distributed bird. It is found over much of sub-Saharan Africa, but in South Africa it is confined to the eastern regions of the country.

This is the biggest Longclaw in our region at 21 cm although it is only 1 cm bigger than the Cape Longclaw. It weighs around 50 grams.

The Yellow-throated Longclaw spends much of its time on the ground but will fly up to the top of a small bush at times.

Male and females are similar but the colouring on the male is a lot bolder.

Yellow-throated Longclaws like open areas with short grass cover.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 264

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 79

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 79

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 152

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 229

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 76

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 65

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 140

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 276

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 292

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 292

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 296

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 488

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 498

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 638

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 636

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 356

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 382

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 83

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 142

List of South African Birds

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