The Snowy-Headed Robin-Chat
cossypha niveicapilla

If you're planning a Uganda Birdwatching Safari at the end of your business trip to Africa then plan to enjoy the Snowy-headed robin-chat.

Snowy-headed robin-chats are fabulous songsters with much mimicry, though a big chuck of their song is original.

The snowy-headed robin-chat is also known as the snowy-crowned robin-chat. This African bird is a species in the muscicapidae family.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Snowy-headed robin-chats in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more rewarding.

You will find information about:

Where to find the snowy-headed robin-chat in Uganda

The normal habitats for snowy-headed robin-chats are the sub-tropical or tropical dry forests, sub-tropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist savannah regions of Africa.

In Uganda, the Snowy-headed robin-chat is widespread and generally fairly common in forest interiors of the south,you will easily find him in Mbamba swamp and Mabira forest.

How you will know that you've seen a snowy-headed robin-chat

The snowy-headed robin-chat is similar in appearence to the more common white-brown robin chat, but she's larger, and the white stripe through the top of her head replaces the white eye stripe.

You will therefore see a large robin-chat with a white stripe over the top of the crown -Which can be difficult to see

The bird has large black patches on sides of head and the rufous collar which you will find more obvious to see.

The snowy-headed robin-chat has a small short black beak.

The Mantle and wings are slaty, and the center tail is black.

Sexes are similar but you will know the young ones from their pale colors.

Interesting Facts about the Snowy-headed robin-chat

The Snowy-headed robin-chat feeds on insects like spiders, caterpillars, centepedes and also on arthropods.This bird also feeds on seeds and on grains.

Did you know?

The average life expectancy of a Snowy-headed robin-chat is just a little over one year.

She can hardly stay long enough to celebrate two christmas holidays!

During your forest camping vaccation in Africa you will usually her this at dusk, she rapidly delivers a strong and varied song which has a fluty quality.

These birds incorporate much mimicry, but much of the song is her own.

Her common call is a repeated mournful piping fweeeeo....!

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