Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) - HBW 9, p. 772
French: Sentinelle du Cap
Spanish: Bisbita de El Cabo
Other common names: Orange-throated Longclaw
Taxonomy: Alauda capensis Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Genus probably closely related to Tmetothylacus and Hemimacronyx. Races stabilior and colletti merged by some authors. Proposed race latimerae (Eastern Cape) included within colletti. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- stabilior Clancey, 1952 - Zimbabwe (C plateau E to Inyanga Mts) and adjacent Mozambique.
- colletti Schou, 1908 - extreme SE Botswana, E South Africa (Northern and C North-west Provinces S to N Eastern Cape), Swaziland and Lesotho.
- capensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - coastal belt of SW & S South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Cape longclaw catching the early morning sun
Locality Rawsonville, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp Macronyx capensis)
Louis Groenewald 31 July 2013 8 weeks ago 4.5
Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)
Locality Wakkerstroom Biosphere Reserve, Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Jacques Erard 15 October 2005 17 weeks ago 4.3
An adult male perched on a bush.
Locality Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp colletti)
Carmelo López 18 November 2010 3 years ago 4.1
An alert watch
Locality Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Robert Erasmus 9 August 2013 28 weeks ago 4
Bird perched on branch in rain
Locality Polokwane (Pietersburg), Limpopo Province, South Africa
jmdebruyn 14 January 2013 1 year ago 4
On a bush
Locality Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 14 November 2012 1 year ago 4