The Yellow-Throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus) is a small African bird, found in East Africa and West Africa.
The Yellow-Throated Longclaw has a bright yellow chest and throat, with a distinctive black band (called a necklace). Its upperparts are brown. It has white tipped outer feathers and fine black stripes on its side feathers. It has long, pale brown legs with long hind (back) claws.
The Yellow-Throated Longclaw walks with long steps. It crouches when approached, then stands tall and outstretched, as if to make itself appear taller.
It can grow to 20 centimetres (8 inches) tall.
It prefers dry open tall grasslands, where it feeds on insects.
Females lay 2-4 eggs in the tall grass in a cup-shaped nest.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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