Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Least Concern

Fülleborn's Longclaw (Macronyx fuelleborni)


French: Sentinelle de Fülleborn German: Füllebornpieper Spanish: Bisbita de Fülleborn

Macronyx fülleborni


, 1900,

Unika Highlands, south-western Tanzania


Specific name incorrectly spelt fuellebornii in HBW. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. ascensi Salvadori, 1907 – Angola, C & S DRCongo, Zambia (W of Luangwa Valley) and, rare, extreme N Namibia.
  • M. f. fuelleborni Reichenow, 1900 – SW Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; male 53–64 g, female 46–60 g. Large, distinctive longclaw. Adult male has deep lemon-yellow supercilium, white to buff lores, cinnamon-brown ear-coverts;... read more


    Song “tu-wee-ti-choo wee-ti-choo”; monotonous whistled “jee-o-wee”, when... read more


    Moist highland grassland, wet plains and dambos, drainage lines in woodland, also dry grassland if... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, notably grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera); also spiders (Araneae). Forages on the ground; also catches termite... read more


    Laying mainly during rains, Sept–Feb in most of range, but also in May in DRCongo, and occasionally Jun in Zambia; Nov–May in... read more


    Resident; local seasonal movements, moving from drier grasslands to damper habitats in May–... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common in Angola; common in highlands of Tanzania. Drainage of dambos and other wetlands may be a threat locally.

    Recommended citation

    Tyler, S. (2020). Fülleborn's Longclaw (Macronyx fuelleborni). 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 18 February 2020).