Chorister Robin-Chat

Cossypha dichroa

The Chorister Robin-Chat (Cossypha dichroa) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family.
It is found in South Africa and Swaziland. Its distribution stretches from the southern Western Cape through the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga to northern Limpopo.
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Appearance

This is a large robin-chat, about 20 cm in length. The Chorister Robin-chat is identified by its dark upperparts (the ear coverts and lores are slightly darker than the rest of the face, head, neck and back) and yellow-orange underparts. It has no white eye stripe. Juveniles have a sooty, mottled tawny-buff above and below and its tail is red-orange with a dark centre.
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Behavior

The Chorister Robin-Chat is generally solitary. This Robin-Chat skulks in dense foliage in the forest canopy. In winter it may forage on ground, but usually gleans insects from leaves. It also follows other fauna in its habitat that might disturb insects, which it then hawks. Its diet consists mainly of insects, milipedes, spiders, ticks and fruit in winter. The Chorister Robin-Chat breeds from October to January; it peaks during November. There has been a record where it plays host to Red-chested Cuckoo, a brood parasite.
The Chorister Robin-Chat moves from the interior to coastal forests in winter.
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Habitat

Its natural habitat is evergreen forests, especially in the mist belt region.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyMuscicapidae
GenusCossypha
SpeciesC. dichroa
Photographed in
South Africa