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Africa
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Shared by : Brian Waswala (Kenya)
Region : Kenya
Status : Endangered
Introduction
Sharpe's longclaw (Macronyx sharpie) is a sedentary bird, endemic to Kenya. It is restricted to high-altitude grasslands of Kinangop Plateau Mau Narok and the grasslands on the North Eastern side of Mt Kenya. These grasslands are open and treeless, with short and often tussock grasses. The tussocks are essential for nesting and evading predators when threatened (birds hide in the tussocks). The nest is a well-made cup of dried grass lined with roots and placed near the ground at the base of a grass tussock or under a shrub or plant. Feeding and ecological importance of the Sharpe's longclaw Sharpe's longclaws feed on insects, particularly grasshoppers and beetles found at the base of tussocks. This helps in maintaining energy and nutrient cycles. Threats Habitat degradation, especially habitat conversion (human encroachment for cultivation and woodlots quarrying, overgrazing, and bushfires) endangers the existence of this endangered sedentary bird species. Conservation Actions Underway Various communities are working with conservation agencies to protect Sharpe's longclaw habitat ranges. These activities include awareness campaign focused on Sharpe's longclaws decrease the incentives for land conversion creation of Leleshwa Nature Reserve to secure grasslands and active survey and monitor the species.

Reference :
IUCN : http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22718436/0
Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe%27s_longclaw
IUCN : http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22718436/0

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