The Cape longclaw or orange-throated longclaw (Macronyx capensis) is a passerine bird in the family Motacillidae, which comprises the longclaws, pipits and wagtails. It occurs in Southern Africa in Zimbabwe and southern and eastern South Africa. This species is found in coastal and mountain grassland, often near water.

The Cape longclaw is a 19–20 cm long. The adult male has a grey head with a buff supercilium and a streaked blackish back. It has a bright orange gorget, black breast band and otherwise yellow underparts. The female is duller, having a yellow throat and much weaker breast band. The juvenile has a dirty yellow throat, indistinct breast band, and yellowish white underparts.

The Cape longclaw is usually found in pairs throughout the year. It feeds on the ground on insects and some seeds. The song is a musical cheewit cheewit, the contact call is tsweet, and there is also a mewling alarm call.

This species has a striking resemblance to the unrelated icterid meadowlarks, grassland birds of the Americas. This is presumably due to convergent evolution.
Orange-throated Longclaw
Date Location Count
2020-02-17 09:12West Coast NP2
2020-02-17 07:11Ganzekraal Road5
2020-02-20 14:00Strandfontein WTP2
2020-02-06 02:22Bontebok NP5
2020-02-18 16:00Potteberg Guest Farm1
2020-02-19 08:32De Hoop Nature Reserve1
2020-01-24 06:32Benfontein Nature Reserve2
2020-02-08 07:31Soetdoring Nature Reserve2
2020-02-16 06:41Diepsloot Nature Reserve1
2020-02-02 08:02Rooiwal WTP1
2020-02-18 07:41Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2020-02-23 06:30Bronkhorstspruit Dam
2020-02-16 09:12Rustfontein Nature Reserve2
2020-02-15 07:36Marievale Bird Sanctuary--Hadeda Hide1
2020-01-25 02:50Loskop Dam Nature Reserve10
2020-02-23 06:13Tankatara Road1
2020-02-19 10:15Wakkerstroom Lark Loop--Second 6 Km13
2020-02-19 17:30Wakkerstroom bridge/causeway2
2020-02-20 14:15Wakkerstroom - Yellow-breasted Pipit Fields (KZN)8
2020-01-25 14:00Malolotja NP
2020-01-26 14:00Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)4
2020-02-08 13:00Karkloof - Lower Rd2
2020-02-05 08:45Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy2