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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Red-capped Robin-chat

Afrikaans name: Nataljanfrederik

Red-capped Robin-chat

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Cossypha natalensis

The Red-capped Robin-chat was previously known as the Natal Robin and many people still use that name.

They like areas with lots of vegetation. These can range from parks and gardens to forests. They are more often heard than seen. They have a wide range of calls and are excellent at mimicking other birds.

The Red-capped Robin-chat normally feeds on the ground where they look for insects. They also eat fruit and a variety of smaller animals such as millipedes.

When it is time for breeding both adults assist in building the nest. They use a variety of vegetable matter such as twigs, leaves and grass. The female lays up to 4 eggs which she then incubates. Both parents assist with feeding the chicks.

Red-capped Robin-chats are normally seen by themselves and they are very territorial.

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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: 66

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 525

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 521

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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