Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Angola Cave-chat (Xenocopsychus ansorgei)


French: Cossyphe des grottes German: Höhlenrötel Spanish: Cosifa angoleña

Xenocopsychus ansorgei

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1907,

Lubango, Huíla, Angola


Presumed closest to Dessonornis humeralis, but present species has not been screened genetically. Monotypic.


Escarpment of W Angola and NW Namibia (Zebra Mts)#R.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 30–39 g. Distinctive pied robin-chat, recalling Copsychus saularis. Plumage is black above, white below, but with long white supercilium, bold... read more


Song musical, “dülülü dülü dülülü”, has been... read more


Rocky hills of jointed sandstone or outcropping high cliffs, fringed or interspersed with trees and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including beetles (Tenebrionidae, Staphylinidae), larvae, weevils (Blosyrus), ants. Secretive, crepuscular. Forages on or... read more


Sept–Nov; two broods, in rapid succession. Territory often rather linear, along cliff top or scarp, usually c. 200 m. Nest an open... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (LEAST CONCERN). Restricted-range species: present in Western Angola EBA. Extremely localized distribution, long thought to be confined to four areas... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Angola Cave-chat (Xenocopsychus ansorgei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 8 December 2019).