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White-headed Robin-Chat seen exceptionally well on the 2005 Birdquest Angola tour

White-headed Robin-Chat seen exceptionally well on the 2005 Birdquest Angola tour - Adult

Photographer
Location
» near Calandula, Angola
Country image taken
» Angola
Date
» December, 2005
Equipment
» Sony DSC-P200 & Swarovski ATS 80 HD
Bird Species
»Cossypha heinrichi - White-headed Robin-Chat
Bird Species (French)
»Cossyphe à tête blanche
Bird Status
» Vulnerable
Remarks
» Is this bird really a robin chat? Several behavioural traits were very peculiar for a robin chat. The birds seemed to keep in pairs or even trios. The song was also unlike other robin chats and the birds would duet with each other in an upright posture and with the head held slightly downwards. The song was a simple, slightly variable but repetitive phrase somewhat reminiscent of a squeaky bicycle that would run on and on starting very softly and ending loudly. The wedge shaped tail was a noticeable feature and the whole feel of the bird was of a babbler rather than a robin chat.

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