Chorister robin-chat, Cossypha dichroa, at Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve, Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa
Image by Derek Keats
The Chorister robin-chat is endemic to our area, being found in South Africa and Swaziland. Its distribution stretches from the southern Western Cape through the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga to northern Limpopo. Its natural habitat is evergreen forests, especially in the mist belt region.
This robin-chat is generally solitary and skulks in dense foliage in the forest canopy, although in winter it may forage on the ground. It moves from the interior to coastal forests in winter.