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Snowy-crowned robin-chat (Cossypha niveicapilla)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Cossypha
Vigors, 1825

Cossypha are small insectivorous birds, with most species called robin-chats. They were formerly in the thrush family Turdidae, but are now more often treated as part of the Old World flycatcher Muscicapidae[citation needed].

These are African woodland dwelling species, but some have become adapted to sites around human habitation.

The name Cossypha for the genus was introduced by the Irish zoologist Nicholas Aylward Vigors in 1825.[1] The word comes from the Classical Greek kossuphos for a blackbird or thrush.[2]

The genus contains the following species:[3]


  1. ^ Vigors, Nicholas Aylward (1825). "Cossypha". Zoological Journal. 2: 396.
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London, United Kingdom: Christopher Helm. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Chats, Old World flycatchers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 May 2016.