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Rosy-throated longclaw

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Rosy-throated longclaw (Macronyx ameliae) were named after Amelie, the wife of the French nobleman and ornithologist, the Marquis Leone de Tarragon (1813-1896). They are also known as the pink-throated longclaw. Fine, short grasses in waterlogged or moist grasslands are their favoured habit. This species are usually observed in pairs, although small family groups can be seen on occasions.

Distribution: Bwabwata National Park, Linyanti Marshes and the region around the Chobe/Zambezi River systems.

Diet: Eats mainly small insects such as small grasshoppers and ants, although small frogs have appeared on the menu.

Description: Distinctive pinkish scarlet throat and chin. A thin black moustachial band extends across the upper breast.

Breeding: Breeds and sings in low bushes, or other treeless locations. Females build an open cup made from grass stems and lined with rootlets. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid in October and incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 20cm. Weight: 33g.

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