Chorister Robin-Chat

Cossypha dichroa

The Chorister Robin-Chat occurs only in South Africa (marginally into Swaziland), where it inhabits evergreen montane and coastal forests from the Garden Route, through the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal and onto the escarpment of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Insects, other invertebrates and a variety of fruits and berries make up the biggest part of their diet. At 20cm long and a weight of up to 56g, the Chorister Robin-Chat is the biggest species of Robin-Chat in our country. They have an amazing repertoire of calls, often imitating other birds and even human whistling, dogs barking or the croaking of frogs!

Chorister Robin-Chats breed from October to December, usually in rotten holes in trees which the female lines with moss, leaves, lichens and soft grass. Clutches of 2 or 3 eggs are incubated by the female for 2-3 weeks, with chicks remaining dependent on their parents for up to 8 weeks after hatching.

The IUCN considers the Chorister Robin-Chat to be of least concern, however it also notes that the population is probably declining due to habitat destruction.


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18 thoughts on “Chorister Robin-Chat

  1. John

    Another very beautiful bird you have! 🙂 South Africa is truly a paradise for birdwatchers. I can see that the yellow color is different in some pictures, it´s much darker in the last ones. is it the shadow, or can it be so different in the colors?

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      They have considerable variation in the brightness of their plumage, John – I think it could perhaps be an adaptation to the denseness of their habitat; those staying in more closed forest habitats being darker than those in more localised pockets of forest patches (such as in the Drakensberg range).

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      This is one of our favourites as well, Deb. Like the other Robin-chats in our country they are rather self-confident and often approach quite close.

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