The Cape robin-chat (Cossypha caffra) is a small passerine bird of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae. It has a disjunct range from South Sudan to South Africa. The locally familiar and confiding species has colonized and benefited from a range of man-altered habitats, including city suburbs and farmstead woodlots. It is an accomplished songster like other robin-chats, but is rather less colourful than most, and frequents either dryer settings or higher altitudes. It forages in the proximity of cover, in the open or in fairly well-lit environments. Its distribution resembles that of the Karoo-Olive complex of thrushes, but it prefers the bracken-briar fringes of Afromontane forest, and does not enter far into forest proper. It is altitudinally segregated from Red-capped robin-chat, and is less of a skulker.



Cape Robin-Chat
Date Location Count
2020-02-15 07:26Berg River Estuary1
2020-02-17 09:12West Coast NP2
2020-02-04 10:30West Coast NP--Geelbek hides vicinity1
2020-02-04 11:35West Coast NP--Abrahamskraal hide2
2020-02-04 07:59Darling Hills/Groote Post Road3
2020-01-30 14:30Nyahururu (incl. Thomson's Falls)1
2020-02-22 11:40Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
2020-01-29 08:29Intaka Island2
2020-02-05 05:30Klaasenbosch Trail2
2020-02-21 08:30Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2020-02-01 13:20Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater4
2020-02-03 07:42Strandfontein WTP1
2020-01-31 15:15Olifantsbos1
2020-02-06 06:31Tulbagh Local Nature Reserve1
2020-02-09 14:03Boulders Beach1
2020-02-17 11:45Ngorongoro Conservation Area--SW Crater Rim Highlands1
2020-02-15 09:02Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge3
2020-02-04 09:12Paarl Mountain--Meulwater Wildflower Garden1
2020-02-14 09:00Silver Tree Gorge Natural Heritage Site4
2020-02-12 09:21Helderberg Nature Reserve4
2020-02-04 11:00Gatamaiyu Forest1
2020-02-22 07:01Brackenhurst4
2020-02-03 06:10Rooi-Els2
2020-02-03 11:00Stony Point--Penguin Colony2
2020-02-18 11:24Harold Porter Botanical Gardens1
2020-01-27 07:40Paradise Lost5
2020-02-09 08:08Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam1
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP1
2020-02-11 06:35Simba Farm6
2020-02-05 17:10Swellendam (general area)4
2020-02-19 08:32De Hoop Nature Reserve2
2020-01-28 15:50Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve1
2020-02-08 07:45Benfontein Nature Reserve1
2020-02-25 08:03Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden1
2020-02-19 07:41Eagle Canyon Golf Estate1
2020-01-29 16:52Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve1
2020-02-18 08:38Jukskei River1
2020-02-15 02:32President Ridge Bird Sanctuary1
2020-01-31 12:26Bishop Bird Park1
2020-02-15 12:18Jan Smuts House Museum1
2020-02-23 15:14Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2020-02-16 07:50Nature's Valley1
2020-02-16 10:35Cape St Frances2
2020-02-25 12:26Island Nature Reserve1
2020-02-09 16:17Addo Elephant NP--Main Rest Camp1
2020-02-24 06:44Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2020-02-23 06:13Tankatara Road1
2020-02-20 06:15Wakkerstroom bridge/causeway1
2020-02-08 14:00Karkloof - Upper2
2020-02-08 13:00Karkloof - Lower Rd2