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White-browed Robin-Chat

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Photo by sungrebeOkavango Delta, Botswana
Photo by sungrebe
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Cossypha heuglini


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto by sascha_chenOkavango Delta, Botswana, March 2018
Photo by sascha_chen
Okavango Delta, Botswana, March 2018

Length 18-20 cm (7-7¾ in), mass 29-44 g.

  • Orange underparts and tail
  • Grey upper parts
  • Black crown, lores and ear-coverts
  • Broad white eyebrow
  • Dark eye
  • Grey legs and feet

[edit] Distribution

Africa south of Sahara:
Western Africa: Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

As many as seven subspecies have been described2, but Clements1 recognises three:

  • C. h. heuglini:
  • C. h. subrufescens:
  • C. h. intermedia:

[edit] Habitat

Riverine woodland and forest, and moist savanna.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of insects, beetles and ants, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, and other small invertebrates. Fruits are also eaten.

[edit] Breeding

Monogamous and territorial; they nest in a tree stump cavity. The clutch consists of two to three eggs which are incubated by the female for 12–17 days.

[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. Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533

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