Rüppell's robin-chat

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Rüppell's robin-chat
Rüppel's Robin-chat - Kenya S4E7933 (18740919094).jpg
C. s. intercedens in Kenya
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Cossypha
Species: C. semirufa
Binomial name
Cossypha semirufa
(Rüppell, 1840)

The Rüppell's robin-chat (Cossypha semirufa) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae, that is native to the Afrotropics. It is named for the German naturalist Eduard Rüppell.[2]


It is a smaller version of the White-browed robin-chat, measuring 18 cm rather than 20  cm, with darker, blackish central tail feathers, and in some races a more constricted supercilium behind the eye.[3]


It is native to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania.


It is found in subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, including Juniper and Podocarpus forest,[3] and in subtropical or tropical moist shrubland and gardens.


There are three races:[4]

The nominate race in Ethiopia
  • Cossypha semirufa semirufa
Range: Eritrea, Ethiopia, se South Sudan and n Kenya
  • Cossypha semirufa donaldsoni Sharpe, 1895
Description: Rufous collar almost complete, upperparts darker than nominate[3]
Range: se Ethiopia and adjacent Somalia
  • Cossypha semirufa intercedens (Cabanis, 1878)
Range: c to se Kenya and n Tanzania


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cossypha semirufa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Boelens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird?: Common Bird Names and the People They Commemorate. Yale University Press. p. 294. ISBN 0-300-10359-X. 
  3. ^ a b c Redman, Nigel; Stevenson, Terry; Fanshawe, John (2009). Birds of the Horn of Africa Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Socotra. London: Christopher Helm. p. 304. ISBN 9781408135761. 
  4. ^ "Rüppell's Robin-chat (Cossypha semirufa) - HBW 10, p. 738". The Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 28 April 2016.