Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Near Threatened

Abyssinian Longclaw (Macronyx flavicollis)


French: Sentinelle d’Abyssinie German: Goldhalspieper Spanish: Bisbita abisinio

Macronyx flavicollis


, 1840,

Simien Mountains, north Ethiopia




Mountains of N, C & SW Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Adult male has saffron-yellow supercilium, paler and more buff to creamy behind eye, broad olive-brown eyestripe, buff to creamy ear-coverts; side of neck buff to... read more


Song, from perch or on the wing, a clear trill; has a piping call.


Open grassland on high mountain plateaux; 1200 m to above 3000 m, mainly 1800–2750m.

Food and feeding

Insects and other invertebrates; no details of diet. Forages on the ground in grassland, by picking items from surface.


Mainly Jun–Aug, occasionally in Feb. Nest a grass cup lined with fibre or horsehair, built on ground among young crops or in grass.... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon. Was considered abundant but local in 1950s and 1960s, and common and widespread from 1966 to 1977,... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. (2020). Abyssinian Longclaw (Macronyx flavicollis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2020).