Mocking Cliff Chat

Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris

As this species name suggests, mocking cliff chats are rock-dwelling chats that spend their time on cliffs and boulder strewn hillsides and ravines. Their large size and chestnut belly, vent and rump make them easy to separate from all other species.

We first recorded this beautiful chat in April 2010 while staying at the Protea Hotel chalets in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. Suikerbosrand is a very reliable spot for this species, especially during winter at the Holhoek picnic area.


Mocking Cliff-chat / Gwahumbe Game Reserve, Mid Illovo, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa / 28 August 2015 Mocking Cliff Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 (Edited from original) Mocking Cliff Chat (male) / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / June 2016 Mocking Cliff Chat (male) / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / June 2016 Mocking Cliff Chat (female) / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / June 2016 Mocking Cliff Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Mocking Cliff Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Mocking Cliff Chat (male) / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / June 2016 Mocking Cliff Chat (female) / Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, South Africa / June 2016 Mocking Cliff-chat / Gwahumbe Game Reserve, Mid Illovo, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa / 28 August 2015 Mocking Cliff Chat / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 21 November 2014 Mocking Cliff Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Mocking Cliff Chat (Cinnamomeiventris) – female / Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 04 July 2010 Mocking Cliff Chat (Cinnamomeiventris) – female / Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 03 July 2010 Mocking Cliff Chat – male / Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, South Africa / 26 July 2011 Mocking Cliff Chat (Autochthones) – female / Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 March 2012
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