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Mocking Cliff-Chat

Afrikaans name: Dassievoël

Male Mocking Cliff-Chat

Photo © Steven Herbert

Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris

The male Mocking Cliff-Chat is an attactive bird with black, white and reddish-brown plumage. The female is reddish-brown and grey.

Mocking Cliff-Chats are found in the eastern half of South Africa. Beyond our borders they are found all the way up to Tanzania and Ethiopia.

They are normally found in rocky hillsides that have some vegetation to provide them cover. Once you know an area where they occur they are easy to find again as they do not move from area to area.

Most of their food consists of insects but they do eat some fruit and nectar.

The pair make a nest in abandoned swallow nests or a natural or man-made hole. Up to 4 eggs are laid. The female tends to the eggs but both sexes feed the chicks.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 228

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 70

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 70

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 164

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 191

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 57

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 156

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 185

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 230

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 316

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 316

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 237

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 391

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 403

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 519

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 515

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 310

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 320

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 142

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 160

List of South African Birds

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