White-throated Robin-chat

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Name

White-throated Robin-chat (Cossypha humeralis)

White-throated Robin-chat Appearance

The white-throated robin-chat has a white breast, shoulder bar, eyebrow and throat. An orange rump is visible.

White-throated Robin-chat Diet

The white-throated robin-chat is an insectivore and feeds mainly on beetles, ants, moths and caterpillars, taken on the ground. It will occasionally eat fruit.

White-throated Robin-chat Breeding

Monogamous. The nest is very well hidden, on the ground or very close to the ground. The nest is a cup shape and is made from mud. Two to three eggs are laid and only the female broods the eggs. The chicks hatch after around 18 days and are fed by both parents and fledge after 18 days.

The brood parasite for the robin-chat is the red-chested cuckoo (Cuculus solitaries).

White-throated Robin-chat Behaviour

The white-throated robin-chat forages on the ground. It is most active just before sunset.

White-throated Robin-chat Distribution and Habitat

The white-throated robin-chat is endemic to Southern Africa.

This species is found in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The white-throated robin-chat is a bird of Acacia thickets, broadleaf woodland and sand forest, normally near a watercourse.