Red-capped Robin-Chat

Cossypha natalensis

The Red-capped Robin-Chat is an inhabitant of forests and dense woodlands, in South Africa to be found from the Eastern Cape through Kwazulu-Natal into the Lowveld and escarpment of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and north of our borders widely through central and east Africa into southern Ethiopia. Insects make up the bulk of their diet and they are usually seen singly or in pairs.

Red-capped Robin-Chats breed in spring and summer. Pairs are monogamous and build cup-shaped nests in dense foliage or inside holes in trees, laying clutches of 2-4 eggs. This species occasionally hybridizes with the Chorister Robin-Chat. They are talented songbirds that can mimic up to 40 other kinds of birds, the whistling of a human and even the barking of a dog! Adults weigh around 32g with a length of about 16cm.

The IUCN classifies the Red-capped Robin-Chat as being of least concern.


40 thoughts on “Red-capped Robin-Chat

  1. perdebytjie

    Dis pragtige voëltjies en jou foto’s is fantasties, Dries! Die naamsveranderinge gooi my ook deurmekaar. Net as ek alles onder die knie het, verander dit weer. Dis nogal moeilik om die name in beide tale te onthou.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      En as mens nog die wetenskaplike name probeer onthou daarby kan dit begin lol. Ek is gelukkig nie te vrot met die soogdiere se latynse name nie, maar sal nog jare vat om die meerderheid van die voels en reptiele s’n aan te leer.
      Dankie ook vir die gawe kompliment, Dina!

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      1. Anne

        Not in mine: a Gymnogene regularly flies over our garden and ‘whoosh’ all the birds vanish in an instant, remaining tjoepstil until the danger has passed 🙂

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Ouma en die Wolf bly seker nog in die pondokkie in die bos!
      At least the new English name for this little beauty is a more descriptive effort than some of the other changes, but when I see them my first thought still is “Natal Robin!”…

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