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Cape Robin-Chat

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Photo by nick scarleKirstenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2016
Photo by nick scarle
Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2016
Cossypha caffra


[edit] Identification

Probably subspecies iolaemaPhoto by Mick HarrisSimba Farm Lodge,West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, November 2017
Probably subspecies iolaema
Photo by Mick Harris
Simba Farm Lodge,West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, November 2017

Length 16-17 cm (6¼-6¾ in)

  • Grey above
  • Black sides of face and behind eye
  • White supercilium
  • Orange chin, throat, central breast, rump, under-tail coverts and outer tail feathers
  • Grey-brown central tail feathers
  • Pale grey belly
  • Black, down curved bill
  • Brown iris
  • Pink-grey legs and feet

Sexes similar

  • Buff-marked dark brown upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • Grey-brown breast

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto by Alan Manson Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, December 2007
Photo by Alan Manson
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, December 2007

Western Africa: found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Swaziland Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 4-7 subspecies depending on the authority[1]:

  • C. c. iolaema:
  • C. c. kivuensis:
  • Eastern DRC (Kivu highlands) and south-western [[Uganda]
  • C. c. namaquensis:
  • Southern Namibia to Orange Free State and western Transvaal
  • C. c. caffra:

The subspecies drakensbergi and vespera along with ardens are generally considered invalid[2].

[edit] Habitat

Forest edges, bushveld, scrub and fynbos, gardens and parks.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They build a cup-shaped nest from coarse vegetation, lined with animal hair and rootlets.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes a wide variety of insects, spiders, caterpillars invertebrates, small frogs, lizards and some fruit and other vegetable matter.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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