Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Vulnerable

White-headed Robin-chat (Cossypha heinrichi)


Taxonomy

French: Cossyphe à tête blanche German: Weißkopfrötel Spanish: Cosifa cabeciblanca
Taxonomy:

Cossypha heinrichi

Rand

, 1955,

about 30 km north-east of Duque de Braganza, Angola

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW DRCongo (Bombo-Lumene Forest Reserve, Nkiene and Nguma) and N Angola (c. 30 km NE of Calandula#R).

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm; 56–69 g. Very long-tailed. Has white hood to neck, greyish olive-brown mantle to scapulars and back, ­orange-rufous rump to tail, latter with black... read more

Voice

Undocumented.

Habitat

Dense undergrowth of evergreen forest clumps and gallery forest in savanna, to 1250 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, including beetles and ants. Doryline driver ants dominant in small sample to date; one stomach of young female full of driver ants... read more

Breeding

Dependent fledglings in Nov in Angola, suggesting laying in Oct, coinciding with S rainy season; dependent fledgling and post-juvenile... read more

Movements

Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Estimated global population more than 10,000 mature individuals, but considered to be declining. All known sites (one in Angola, up to six in DRCongo) suffering... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). White-headed Robin-chat (Cossypha heinrichi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58448 on 26 August 2019).