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White-Throated Robin-Chat

White-throated Robin-chat (Cossypha humeralis) male and female White-throated Robin-Chat have the same plumage and colours, the upperparts are mostly slate-grey, with the rump being orange. The face and neck are black, and the eyebrow is white. The wings are black with a white stripe; underparts are mainly white with orange-buff on the flanks and under tail. The tail is orange with a black centre and black tip. Length 16-18 cm, mass 20-29g.Immature: Spotted buff and dark brown The White-throated Robin-Chat feeds on the ground mainly. The White-throated Robin-Chat is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Cossypha humeralis will seek out a new mate. The nesting habit of White-throated Robin-Chat is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are pink in colour and number between 2 to 3, Thickets, riverine bush, dense woodland and gardens.

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Taken on December 27, 2008