CapeLongclaw

June 25, 2016 – Cape Longclaw or Orange-throated Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)

These birds are found in grasslands of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho. They eat a variety of insects and their larvae, along with some grass seeds. Females build cup-shaped nests on the ground from grass stems and rootlets and incubate up to four eggs. Both parents feed the chicks, which leave the nest after about two weeks. Though they look quite similar to many meadowlark species of the Americas, they are not closely related. Longclaws are in the Motacillidae family with wagtails and pipits and the similarities are due to convergent evolution.

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