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Snowy-Headed Robin-Chat

Snowy-Headed Robin-Chat

Snowy-Headed Robin-Chat Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Cossypha niveicapilla
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The species inhabits a large range across western and central Africa.
  • Status

    Not globally threatened.
  • Habitat

    Forest and savannah
  • Niche

    Forages mainly on the ground and at low levels of vegetation for invertebrates and small fruits.
  • Life History

    Both males and females become sexually mature at six months. Bonded pairs work together to build a nest in dense foliage or in hollow tree branches. Eggs are olive to dark brown with two to three eggs laid in a single clutch. Incubation of the eggs is 12 to 14 days. Once the chick hatches, both parents take on feeding responsibility. Young fledge after 12 to 16 days.
  • Special Adaptations

    Males sing in order to attract females. Their song is a fast, almost unbroken string of mimicry of other birds, with variations and powerful interspersed whistles.

    Photo by Alois Staudacher, Creative Commons license.


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