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 9 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 10 October 2004 8 years ago 17 sec 4.6
bird perched; subspecies namaquensis (probably). Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Tom Heijnen 19 November 2013 42 weeks ago 11 sec 4.5
A male perched and singing Locality Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Greg Baker 22 September 2002 2 years ago 21 sec 4.3
bird sitting on a branch Locality Gatamaiyu Forest, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 20 November 2013 1 year ago 28 sec 4.2
A bird carrying food in its beak, perched on a branch Locality Klein River, Stanford, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Keith Blomerley 10 October 2004 8 years ago 17 sec 4
An adult preening and singing Locality Langebaan, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp caffra)
Greg Baker 25 September 2002 2 years ago 16 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 24 photos
Robin Chat Lake Naivasha
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
NCairns 16 November 2014 13 weeks ago 4
Adult bird on the ground in a flowerbed
Locality Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa
David Brassington 10 April 2012 14 weeks ago 4
Perched on a wall in the back yard
Locality Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
James Kashangaki 26 January 2014 45 weeks ago 4
looking at me
Locality Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Cristiano Crolle 20 August 2013 1 year ago 4
On a pole
Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 22 November 2012 2 years ago 4
Cape Robin - Chat
Locality Lakeside, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
flugel 2 years ago 4