Family Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Data Deficient

Grimwood's Longclaw (Macronyx grimwoodi)


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

Macronyx grimwoodi


, 1955,

Chitunta Plain, Mwinilunga district, north-west Zambia


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


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


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


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


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


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 on 21 February 2020).