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 Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp namaquensis (probably))
Tom Heijnen 19 November 2013 33 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
Adult bird on the ground in a flowerbed
Locality Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa
David Brassington 10 April 2012 4 weeks ago 4
Perched on a wall in the back yard
Locality Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
James Kashangaki 26 January 2014 35 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
Locality Aberdare National Park, Kenya
Philip Perry 23 June 2009 2 years ago 4