Sickle-winged Chat

Cercomela sinuate (endemic)

Endemic to southern Africa, this little chat can be separated from its comrades by its size, relatively more conspicuous white eye-ring, salmon rump and diagnostic tail pattern.

I first recorded this species in May 2014 on a typical winters morning in south east Gauteng. It had recently be seen at the top of the pass at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and I decided to try my luck at finding it, despite not feeling my best at the time. Fortunately luck was with me and I found this solitary bird bouncing around on boulders close to the road. Rock n roll!


Sickle-winged Chat / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sickle-winged Chat / Sani Pass, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Sickle-winged Chat / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sickle-winged Chat / Sani Pass, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Sickle-winged Chat / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sickle-winged Chat / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sickle-winged Chat / Sani Pass, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Sickle-winged Chat (juvenile) / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Sickle-winged Chat (juvenile) / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Sickle-winged Chat / Sani Pass, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Sickle-winged Chat / Tenahead Mountain Lodge, Eastern Cape, South Africa / March 2018 Sickle-winged Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sickle-winged Chat (juvenile) / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Sickle-winged Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sickle-winged Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sickle-winged Chat / Sani Pass, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Sickle-winged Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014 Sickle-winged Chat / Sani Pass, South Africa / 15 April 2015 Sickle-winged Chat / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 24 May 2014
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