Whitebrowed robin chat

Cossypha heuglini

TAXONOMY

Cossypha heuglini Hartlaub, 1866, Sudan. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Heuglin's robin; French: Cossyphe de Heuglin; German: Weissbrauenrötel.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

7.9 in (20 cm); male 1.1-1.6 oz (30-44 g); female 1.0-1.3 oz (29-36 g). Brownish upperparts with black head and white brow from bill to nape. Orange throat, neck collar, and under-parts.

DISTRIBUTION

Africa south of Sahara, chiefly southerb Sudan through East Africa, Central Africa west to Angola and south to northeastern South Africa and Mozambique.

HABITAT

Riverside forest and evergreen thickets, with dense understory, garden shrubberies.

BEHAVIOR

Solitary or in pairs, feeds mostly on ground but sings from high perch.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Insects, especially beetles and ants, also caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, and other small invertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Monogamous and territorial; strong pair bond throughout year. Nest in cavity in tree or stump. Two to three eggs, incubation by female for 12-17 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Common and secure in core range, rare in some peripheral regions.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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