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Rueppell’s Robin Chats

Rueppell’s Robin Chats

 

 

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The Rueppell’s Robin Chats (Cossypha semirufa) – or Rüppell’s Robin Chats or Lesser/Black-tailed Robin Chats – are found in the following East African countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania; where they inhabit subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and shrubland.

 

Subspecies and Distribution:

    • Cossypha semirufa semirufa (Rüppell, 1840) – Nominate Form
      • Range extends from western Eritrea and southern and western Ethiopia south to southeastern Sudan and northern Kenya.

 

    • Cossypha semirufa donaldsoni (Sharpe, 1895)
      • Found in eastern Ethiopia and adjacent northwestern Somalia.

 

  • Cossypha semirufa intercedens (Cabanis, 1878)
    • Found in central and southeastern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

 

Description

The upper plumage of the adult is brownish-grey; the plumage below bright orange. The crown (top of the head) is black; with white “eye-brows” that extend from the beak to the back of the head, and a black bar across the eyes.

The juvenile plumage is a duller brownish-grey, with a lighter abdomen; and soft speckling around the head.

Similar Species:

The Rueppell’s Robin Chats resemble the related White-browed Robin Chats – however, identification can be made via their central tail feathers, which black in Rüppell’s and light brown in the White-browed. The White-browed Robin Chat also generally has a paler-colored back. Also, the Rueppel’s Robin Chat generally favors the highland areas; which the White-browed Robin Chats typically avoid.

 

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ????, ??? … Czech: Drozdík etiopský … Danish: Højlandsdrosselsanger … Dutch: Rüppell-lawaaimaker, Rüppells Lawaaimaker … Finnish: Pensaspunarastas, pensaspunatasku … French: Cossyphe à dos brun, Cossyphe de Rüppell … German: Braunrückenrötel, Braunrücken-Rötel … Italian: Cossifa di Ruppell, Tordo pettirosso codanera … Japanese: Akaotsugumihitaki, ogurotsugumihitaki … Norwegian: Bergtrosteskvett … Polish: zlotokos rdzawobrzuchy … Russian: ????????? ??????????? ??????? … Slovak: akalat hájový … Spanish: Cosifa de Rüppell … Swedish: Höglandssnårtrast … Swahili: Kurumbiza wa RŸppell

 

Additional Resources

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


 

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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