Thrushes (Turdidae)

Cape Robin-chat (Cossypha caffra) - HBW 10, p. 738

French: Cossyphe du Cap German: Kaprötel 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.