Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Data Deficient

Grimwood's Longclaw (Macronyx grimwoodi)


Taxonomy

French: Sentinelle de Grimwood German: Grimwoodpieper Spanish: Bisbita de Grimwood
Taxonomy:

Macronyx grimwoodi

Benson

, 1955,

Chitunta Plain, Mwinilunga district, north-west Zambia

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Proposed race cuandocubangensis (described from Cuando Cubango Province, SE Angola) usually synonymized with nominate. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S DRCongo S to WC & E Angola and extreme NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm. Male has cinnamon supercilium and malar area, black lores and moustachial stripe, cinnamon-brown ear-coverts; feathers of upperparts, including wings... read more

Voice

Little known; aerial song said to be a series of whistled notes, “wee-wrrit, wee-wrrit” and the... read more

Habitat

Moist short grass on plains, in river valleys, along drainage lines (dambos) and in grassy hollows... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Apparently feeds on small insects such as beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and pentatomid bugs (... read more

Breeding

Nest containing 2 eggs found in DRCongo in Feb (rainy season); not described. No other information.

Movements

Believed to be resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently listed as Data Deficient. Considered to be not uncommon in Angola; locally common in NW Zambia, where three pairs were found on Kamunoka... read more

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Grimwood's Longclaw (Macronyx grimwoodi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57819 on 21 February 2020).