French: Cossyphe de Heuglin German: Weißbrauenrötel Spanish: Cosifa de Heuglin
“Keren”; error = Wau, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. subrufescens
Bocage, 1869 – Gabon S to W Angola.
C. h. heuglini
Hartlaub, 1866 – extreme N Cameroon, S Chad, SW Sudan and N & SW Central African Republic E to South Sudan, Ethiopia, S to E Angola, N Botswana, Zimbabwe and N South Africa.
C. h. intermedia
(Cabanis, 1868) – S Somalia S in coastal E Africa to NE South Africa (S to KwaZulu-Natal).
19–20 cm; 29–44 g. Nominate race has blackish head with long white supercilium, narrow rufous hindcollar linking to all-rufous underparts; dark olive grey-brown... read more
Song (by male) distinctive, an extended series of standard phrases repeated 2–5 times,... read more
Evergreen forest edge and thickets (e.g. termitaria thickets), latter especially within riverine... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, particularly ants and beetles, but also fruit. Of 19 stomachs and nine faecal samples from across range, 86% held ants (... read more
Coincides with two local rainy seasons in E Africa, in Apr–May (43% of clutches) and Nov–Jan (29%), but in most or all months... read more
Sedentary; in Kenya, individuals may appear in drier areas after rains.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. The most widely distributed and least habitat-restricted robin-chat; very common throughout range, except at fringes; e.g. very uncommon in S Somalia... read more
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