Macronyx ameliae de Tarragon, 1845, Durban, South Africa. OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Pink-throated longclaw; French: Sentinelle à gorge rose; German: Rubinkehlpieper; Spanish: Bisbita de Pecho Rosado.
7.5-8 in (19-20 cm); 1.1-1.4 oz (30-40 g). Mottled upperparts with orange-red upper throat, blackish band across lower throat, and rosy breast.
Southwestern Kenya, north and southwest Tanzania, west to Angola and south to Botswana, Zimbabwe and coastal east South Africa.
Short or tussocky grassland, usually permanently or seasonally moist and near marshes or open water.
Territorial when breeding; normally in pairs or in family groups. Usually shy. Male sings from top of bush or in song flight. Some movements in relation to seasonal rainfall.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Takes insects, sometimes small frogs. Forages in grass or on bare ground; sometimes catches prey in flight.
Monogamous; breeds mainly during or after rains. Nest is a cup of grass, lined rootlets or grass, placed in grass tuft; built by female. Lays two to four eggs; incubation is 13-14 days by female. Young leave nest after about 16 days.
Near Threatened in South Africa, where range has contracted significantly through loss of coastal habitat; threatened by habitat loss in coastal south Mozambique.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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