Red-capped Robin-chat or Natal Robin

Cossypha natalensis (near endemic)

This stunning species is the only robin-chat with a plain rufous face and a blue-grey back and wings. Its melodious call fills its thicket, forest and dense woodland habitats, where it is a common resident or local migrant.

This shy bird is a regular sighting in our folk’s garden in Ocean View on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal, where it breeds in summer.


Red-capped Robin-chat / Ocean View, South Africa / 18 December 2013 (Edited) Red-capped Robin-chat / Ocean View, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 23 August 2015 Red-capped Robin-chat / Ocean View, South Africa / 18 December 2013 Red-capped Robin-chat / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Red-capped Robin-chat / Ocean View, South Africa / 18 December 2013 (Edited) Red-capped Robin-chat / Ocean View, South Africa / 18 December 2013 Red-capped Robin-chat / Ocean View, South Africa / 18 December 2013 Red-capped Robin-chat / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Red-capped Robin-chat / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Red-capped Robin-chat or Natal Robin / Lake Sibaya, Kosi Bay, South Africa Red-capped Robin-chat / Ballito, South Coast, KZN, South Africa Red-capped Robin-chat / Ballito, South Coast, KZN, South Africa Red-capped Robin-chat / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 11 September 2013
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