Cape Longclaw or Orange-throated Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)
The Cape Longclaw is 19–20 cm long. The adult male has a grey head with a buff supercilium (The arch of hair above each eye) and a streaked blackish back. It has a bright orange gorget (Armour plate that protects the neck), black breast band and otherwise yellow under parts. The female is duller, having a yellow throat and much weaker breast band.
The Cape Longclaw is usually found in pairs throughout the year. It feeds on the ground on insects and some seeds.
beautiful little bird, love that saturated tangerine color!
Some one mentioned he looks like he spilt a lot of pumpkin pie… I will never look at this bird again without remembering that…lol
Love these shots. How lucky you are to see so any different birds.
Thank you…it is my mission to photograph as many of the 900 odd specie that we get in SA… only got +/- 300 so far still a long way to go…
WOW! LOOK AT THAT VIBRANT COLOR!! You captured this bird so beautifully! I love seeing all of these birds that are unknown here….”Professor Bulldog”.
Another notch on the belt in my quest to photograph as many of the 900 odd specie that we have here… got so far still to go… with only 300 odd photographed… thank you kind Lady for such a sweet comment…”Professor Bulldog” I like that makes me sound knowledgeable… maybe I should put that on my CV…
Definitely use Professor Bulldog,,,,it really suits you.Keep going on those birds…you’ll get them..
Looks like this guy took a header into the pumpkin pie and got more on him than in him. I’ve known some men like that in my life… 😉
Beautiful photos, my friend!
Thank you Lorna… I pictured it immediately I read your words… and I agree, I’ve seen some men that look like that after they’ve eaten.. specially after a good drinking session when the mouth and the hands don’t work in sync ..
Yup. Those guys! 🙂
E’ molto bello, tutto colorato. Grazie per avermelo fatto conoscere con le tue bellissime foto 🙂
Ciao, buona nuova settimana
Thank you Patrizia… glad you enjoyed…
Amazing colors.. all those shade of yellow. Your camera like small pretty birdies.
I have so many more to post.. and I’m using WP as a record of all the specie that I have photoed… still got so many more to go… with 900 different birds, I’ve only managed to capture 300 odd on camera… still a long walk ahead of me…
What a pretty little bird. 🙂
Just another unassuming bird specie of South Africa… now on permanent record on my blog…
It’s beautiful but quite strange looking.
Thanks Julie… yes beautiful but strange… one of those birds I post merely to get on record of having captured on camera… my ambition, to get as many of the possible 900 species in our country on my blog… I have captured nearly 300 so far so have a long way to go…
I was going to ask you how many species – 900! I will have to find out how many we have here but am quite sure it isn’t that many.
You might just be surprised.. I was I thought I’d captured them all… one thing I do know is you have some very unique specie that come nowhere else except in Australia… my cousin who has been there many times on holidays has come back with some very beautiful photos of your birds… he visits more on the East coast …
What pretty colours, I especially like the orange on his neck 🙂
So do I, and i wonder why that was never incorporated in its name
Great photos Rob
Thanks Tim… another one off the list… only 650 odd to go..
What a handsome guy! Beautiful photos. 🙂
thank you… another of our unassuming SA birds… that has a certain beauty….