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Photo © by sungrebe
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Cossypha heuglini


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


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



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

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


Riverine woodland and forest, and moist savanna.



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


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.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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