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.

References and further reading

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

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 184

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 396

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 407

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

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: 521

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 74

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

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

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 61

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 120

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 328

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 328

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

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 66

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 112

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

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: 170

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 93

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 194

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 233

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