This sedentary and territorial bird forms permanent groups of generally two to seven individuals, but sometimes more in high quality habitat (4). These groups, sometimes consisting of related birds, inhabit a territory that can range up to 5.6 hectares (2) (4). Within its grassland habitat, Sharpe’s longclaw forages for insects such as grasshoppers, beetles and other small invertebrates, often around the bases of tussocks (2) (4).
Sharpe’s longclaw is a monogamous bird that lays clutches of two to three eggs during or just after rains; in March to June, September to October, and in December. The deep, cup-shaped nest is well hidden in tussock grass, at the base of an herbaceous plant, in grass under a small bush or under a clod of earth (2). The bird’s close association with tussocks is not just limited to nesting and foraging sites, but it also often retreats into tussocks when threatened (4).