Snowy-headed Robin Chat

Snowy-headed Robin Chat

Scientific Name
Cossypha niveicapilla
Western and central Africa
Forests and savannas
Estimated Wild Population
Snowy-headed robin chat in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Snowy-headed robin chats have a dark head and wings and a reddish-orange body and tail. These small perching birds also sport a single stroke of white from their forehead to the nape of their neck. They mainly forage on the ground and at low levels of vegetation, where they hunt for invertebrates and small fruit.

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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.

Both males and females become sexually mature after six months, and bonded pairs work together to build a nest in dense foliage or in hollow tree branches.

Young birds learn to fly after only a couple weeks.

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