Thrushes (Turdidae)

Rufous-capped Robin-chat (Cossypha natalensis) - HBW 10, p. 739

French: Cossyphe à calotte rousse German: Natalrötel Spanish: Cosifa de Natal
Other common names: Red-capped Robin-chat; Natal Robin-chat (nominate)

Taxonomy: Cossypha natalensis A. Smith, 1840, neighbourhood of Port Natal [= Durban], South Africa.
Several records of hybridization with C. dichroa in E South Africa; hybrids described as C. haagneri. Additional races have been described, but unequivocal diagnosis of these generally problematic, and further complicated by imperfectly understood migratory regimes. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • larischi Meise, 1958 - Nigeria S to N Angola.
  • intensa Mearns, 1913 - SE Central African Republic, S Sudan, SW Ethiopia and S Somalia S to E Angola and NE South Africa.
  • natalensis A. Smith, 1840 - E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal S to Eastern Cape).