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Longclaws
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Yellow-throated Longclaw
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Clade: Nine-primaried oscines
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Macroynx
Swainson, 1827

The longclaws are a genus of small African passerine birds with long tails, which they wag frequently. They are in the same family as the pipits and wagtails.

Longclaws are slender, often colorful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country. They are ground nesters, laying up to four speckled eggs.

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

There are only between 10,000 and 19,000 Sharpe's longclaw left in Kenya.

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