Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Yellow-throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus) - HBW 9, p. 772

French: Sentinelle à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehlpieper Spanish: Bisbita Gorgigualdo

Taxonomy: Alauda crocea Vieillot, 1816, Java; error = Senegal.
Genus probably closely related to Tmetothylacus and Hemimacronyx. May form a superspecies with M. fuellebornii. Plumage individually variable, and recognition of races often considered unwarranted; proposed race hygricus (Upper Guinea) included in nominate. Race vulturnus sometimes misspelt vulturinus. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • croceus (Vieillot, 1816) - Senegambia E to Cameroon, W & S fringes of Chad, N & S Central African Republic, Gabon, NW & WC Angola, PRCongo, W, N & NE DRCongo, S Sudan, and Uganda and mesic areas of W & C Kenya S to Burundi and NW & N Tanzania (S to the Serengeti).
  • tertius Clancey, 1958 - coastal lowlands of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • vulturnus Friedmann, 1930 - C & S Tanzania, E Zambia (E of Luangwa Valley), Malawi, NE & C Zimbabwe and Mozambique S to SE South Africa.