The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

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.

References and further reading

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 296

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

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

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

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 376

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 107

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 245

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

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

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

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