The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape Longclaw

Afrikaans name: Oranjekeelkalkoentjie

The Cape or Orange-throated Longclaw is a beautiful bird

The Cape Longclaw used to be called the Orange-throated Longclaw

Photo © Steven Herbert

Macronyx capensis

Many people know this bird by its older name of Orange-throated Longclaw. Longclaws are related to pipits and wagtails.

The Cape Longclaw is endemic to southern Africa. It occurs across most of the eastern and southern regions of South Africa and in the higher areas of Zimbabwe.

This species is found in grassland at a variety of altitudes but normally near water. The bright orange throat is not always so easy to spot as the bird has a habit of keeping its drab brown back pointed in your direction.

The female is a bit plainer with a yellowish-orange throat.

The Cape or Orange-throated Longclaw is a beautiful bird

Photo © Steven Herbert

The Cape Longclaw feeds on insects such as beetles, grasshoppers and termite alates which it finds by patrolling the grassland, often in pairs. They also eat seeds.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 59

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

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

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 61

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 121

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

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

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: 635

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 637

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 487

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

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 290

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 413

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 93

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 290

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 186

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 36

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 228

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

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 196

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 98

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

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 78

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 96

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 263

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 78


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