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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 308

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

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

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 23

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

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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