Snowy-headed Robin Chat

Snowy-headed Robin Chat

Scientific Name
Cossypha niveicapilla
Geographic Range
Western and central Africa
Fruit and insects
Snowy-headed robin chat in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Snowy-headed robin chats are small perching birds with dark brown or black back, wings, and head, and a neck, tail, and undersides of reddish-orange. They are active during the day.

Their nests are shallow cups made of dried grasses, moss, leaf litter, and twigs, and are hidden very well. Females lay two or three eggs, which are incubated for around two weeks. Both parents care for and feed their young. Birds become mature at six months.

Did You Know?

  • These birds are named for the single stroke of white along the back of their head.
  • Males sing to attract mates. Their song is a fast, almost unbroken string of mimicry of other birds, featuring variations and powerful interspersed whistles.
  • These birds are monogamous, preferring to live in pairs rather than large groups.


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