The Cape longclaw or orange-throated longclaw (Macronyx capensis) is a 19-20 cm long passerine bird. 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.

Habitat and Distribution

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.


It feeds on the ground on insects and some seeds.


The Cape longclaw is usually found in pairs throughout the year.

Calls and Songs

The song is a musical cheewit cheewit, the contact call is tsweet, and there is also a mewling alarm call.