Cape Robin-chat (Cossypha caffra) - HBW 10, p. 738
French: Cossyphe du Cap
Spanish: Cosifa Cafre
Other common names: Robin Chat
Taxonomy: Motacilla caffra Linnaeus, 1771, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Proposed race drakensbergi (NE South Africa) synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- iolaema Reichenow, 1900 - S Sudan S to Malawi and N Mozambique.
- kivuensis Schouteden, 1937 - SW Uganda and E DRCongo.
- namaquensis W. L. Sclater, 1911 - S Namibia and W & C South Africa (Northern Cape E to Free State).
- caffra (Linnaeus, 1771) - Zimbabwe and N, E & S South Africa (S to Western Cape), including Swaziland and Lesotho.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
A bird rubbing its beak on a branch and flying away Locality Klein River, Stanford, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Keith Blomerley 9 October 2004 7 years ago 15 sec 4.6
A male perched and singing Locality Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Greg Baker 22 September 2002 1 year ago 21 sec 4.3
A bird with a butterfly in its beak, perched on a branch Locality Klein River, Stanford, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Keith Blomerley 9 October 2004 7 years ago 8 sec 4.2
bird sitting on a branch Locality Gatamaiyu Forest, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 20 November 2013 12 weeks ago 28 sec 4.2
An adult preening and singing Locality Langebaan, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Greg Baker 25 September 2002 1 year ago 16 sec 3.7
A bird walking on the ground near a fence Locality Nairobi, Kenya (ssp iolaema)
Marc de Bont 17 November 2006 6 years ago 27 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 20 photos
looking at me
Locality Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Cristiano Crolle 20 August 2013 21 weeks ago 4
On a pole
Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 22 November 2012 1 year ago 4
Cape Robin - Chat
Locality Lakeside, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
flugel 1 year ago 4
Locality Aberdare National Park, Kenya
Philip Perry 23 June 2009 1 year ago 4
An adult perched on a branch.
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp namaquensis)
Carmelo López 27 November 2010 3 years ago 3.9
Cape Robin-chat eating apple
Locality Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
AnneMarks 3 September 2013 11 weeks ago 3.8