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Archer's Robin-Chat - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Archer's Ground Robin

Photo by Tom Tarrant
Echuya Forest, south-western Uganda, January 2006
Cossypha archeri


15 cm

  • Long white supercilium
  • White chin spot
  • Rufous tail
  • Black bill

Similar Species

Similar to Mountain Robin-Chat which has a much shorter supercilium.


Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi


Recent results indicate that this species does not belong in genus Cossypha. It might instead be placed in Bessonornis, Dessonornis or even Caffrornis. The Opus awaits clarification before acting on this.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. archeri (albimentalis):
  • C. a. kimbutui:
  • Montane forests of south-eastern Zaire (Mount Kabobo)


Rainforest and high-altitude shrubland.



A ground feeder, there diet consists almost entirely of insects, beetles, caterpillars etc.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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