Sharpe’s Longclaws

The Sharpe’s Longclaw, Macronyx sharpei, are endemic to the African country of Kenya.


They average 16 – 17 cm (~6 inches) in length (including tail).

The upperparts are heavily marked with buff and rufous streaks. They have yellow underparts. In flight, the white outertail feathers can be seen.

They are named for their unusually long hind claws, which are thought to help in walking on grass.

Diet / Feeding

They are ground-feeding insectivores.

Nesting / Breeding

They are ground nesters, laying up to four speckled eggs.


With an estimated population of less than 20,000, these birds are endangered as their grassland habitat is being replaced by cultivation and woodlots.

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