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White-browed Robin-Chat

Afrikaans name: Heuglinse Janfrederik

White-browed Robin-Chat at Berg-en-dal Camp, Kruger National Park

White-browed Robin-Chat in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cossypha heuglini

The White-browed Robin-Chat used to be known as Heuglin's Robin. To me, it is one of the most beautiful of the Robins. It can be quite shy and is often hard to see in the areas of thick bush where it tends to live.

This Robin is quite widespread and is found in most countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa it can be found from northern KwaZulu-Natal through to the eastern portions of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It likes areas with lots of cover but can be found in riverine forest, woodland, bushveld and sometimes parks and gardens.

The White-browed Robin-Chat feeds on the ground where it looks for insects, spiders and centipedes.

The pair makes there nest in a secluded hollow. 2 to 3 eggs are laid.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 66

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 60

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 160

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 64

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 524

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 520

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 332

List of South African Birds

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