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Fülleborn's Longclaw

Macronyx fuelleborni

The Fülleborn's longclaw, or Fuelleborn's longclaw, is a modestly sized, somewhat stocky bird that graces the grasslands of south-central Africa. Its plumage is distinguished by a vibrant yellow throat, which in adults is framed by a striking black band. Juveniles, while sporting a paler yellow throat, lack the pronounced black band and exhibit only faint streaks on the breast, a feature that is considerably less prominent than in related species.

Identification Tips

When observing Fülleborn's longclaw, look for its slightly smaller and stockier build compared to the yellow-throated longclaw. The absence of streaking on the breast in adults is a key characteristic to differentiate it from similar species. The adult's yellow throat and encircling black band are distinctive, while the juveniles present a duller yellow with indistinct streaking.


This species favors wet, grassy environments, often found near bodies of water. It typically resides at altitudes above 1,000 meters, where the air is crisp and the landscape is lush.


The Fülleborn's longclaw has carved out its existence in the western central regions of Africa, ranging from the southwestern highlands of Tanzania to the expanses of Angola, and occasionally venturing as a vagrant into the northernmost reaches of Namibia.


The Fülleborn's longclaw is largely insectivorous, actively foraging for grasshoppers, beetles, termites, and spiders. It is a ground nester, with breeding activities coinciding with the rainy season, taking advantage of the moist earth to construct its nest.

Diet and Feeding

Adept at hunting insects, this longclaw's diet primarily consists of grasshoppers and beetles, supplemented by termites and spiders, which it skillfully captures in its damp grassland home.

Conservation status

With a broad distribution and robust population numbers, the Fülleborn's longclaw is currently classified as Least Concern by BirdLife International and the IUCN, indicating a stable presence in the wild.


The name of this bird pays homage to the German military physician and parasitologist Friedrich Fülleborn. His contributions to science are immortalized in the species' name, a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the study of life's intricate details.

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