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==Identification== ==Identification==
 +[[Image:G3B7035.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Probably subspecies ''iolaema''<br />Photo by {{user|Mick+Harris|Mick Harris}}<br />Simba Farm Lodge,West Kilimanjaro, [[Tanzania]], November 2017]]
Length 16-17 cm (6¼-6¾ in)<br /> Length 16-17 cm (6¼-6¾ in)<br />
*Grey above *Grey above
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*Brown iris *Brown iris
*Pink-grey legs and feet<br /> *Pink-grey legs and feet<br />
-[[Image:2007_12_17_Cape_Robin_Chat_AlanManson.jpg|thumb|450px|right|Juvenile<br />Photo by {{user|Alan+Manson|Alan Manson}} <br />Pietermaritzburg, [[South Africa]], December 2007]] 
Sexes similar<br /> Sexes similar<br />
'''Juvenile''' '''Juvenile'''
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*Grey-brown breast *Grey-brown breast
==Distribution== ==Distribution==
 +[[Image:2007_12_17_Cape_Robin_Chat_AlanManson.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Juvenile<br />Photo by {{user|Alan+Manson|Alan Manson}} <br />Pietermaritzburg, [[South Africa]], December 2007]]
[[Africa]]<br /> [[Africa]]<br />
'''Western Africa''': found only in the [[Democratic Republic of Congo]]<br /> '''Western Africa''': found only in the [[Democratic Republic of Congo]]<br />

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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



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


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.



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].


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



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


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


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  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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