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Rosy-throated Longclaw | Macronyx ameliae

The Rosy-throated Longclaw is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Motacillidae bird family group which includes birds such as Wagtails, Longclaws, Pipits.

The description for the Rosy-throated Longclaw (Latin name Macronyx ameliae) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Macronyx ameliae can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 730 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1099. You will find a picture of the Rosy-throated Longclaw on page 1073.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Pink-throated Longclaw in the Roberts 6th Edition.

The Rosy-throated Longclaw has a height of 20 cms and weighs around 33 gms. The head is coloured olive, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Macronyx ameliae has a scarlet coloured throat, brown legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Macronyx ameliae has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is olive, brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are brown

Throat is scarlet

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Rosy-throated Longclaw is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured brown.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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