The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

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.

References and further reading

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 241

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 158

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 44

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

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

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 312

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 397

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 408

Know your Garden Birds - Author: - Published: 0 - Page: 29

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 324

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 324

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 64

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 232

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

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 113

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

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 209

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 168

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 193

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

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 66

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 231


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