Originally a woodland dwelling species, this bird has adapted to human habitation and is frequently now found in towns and city parks.This colorful member of the Old World flycatcher family lives in a large part of West Africa.

Chat Facts

These robin-chats appear to be monogamous and territorial during the breeding season, but sometimes gather into small feeding flocks during the winter. The female lays two somewhat glossy grey-green eggs with violet spots in a cup shaped stick nest.Robin chats were once classified in the thrush family but are now considered members of Family Muscicapidae, the Old World flycatchers. Despite the fact that white-crowned robin chats are common and widespread, they have been little studied and not much information about them has been published.


They live in woodlands, gallery forests, shrublands, and savannahs of West Africa from the Senegal east to Ethiopia, and from Mali south to Nigeria.


Insects that it scratches from the leaf litter on the ground.


The white-crowned robin-chat is the largest of the 14 species of robin-chat with a total body length of nearly 11 inches. It has a black head with a conspicuous white crown, black back, wings and tail and an orange belly. The sexes are similar.