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White-browed robin-chat

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The first recordings of the white-browed robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini) are credited to a German ornithologist, Theodor von Heuglin (1824-1876) on one of his many visits to the region. They inhabit riverine forest and thick evergreen growth and floodplains with Acacia woodland.

Distribution: North-east Namibia only from Rundu ranging eastwards through the Caprivi Strip to Victoria Falls.

Diet: Forages mainly on the ground for ants and beetles, moths and caterpillars, termites, crickets, bugs, spiders and wasps.

Description: Songs are a series of simple whistles. Often confused with the Cape robin-chat with has grey (not orange) lower breast and belly.

Breeding: Usually only 2 eggs are laid in an open cup nest made of dead leaves and twigs, from August to January. Incubation can be up to 17 days.

Size: 20g. Weight: 38g.

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