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White-throated Robin-chat Cossypha humeralis
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Low
Land mass type   Average mass 22.8 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 645,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.4 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common (del Hoyo et al. 2005).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Botswana Native Extant       Yes
Mozambique Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Native Extant       Yes
Swaziland Native Extant       Yes
Zimbabwe Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Botswana Makgadikgadi Pans site factsheet
Botswana South-east Botswana site factsheet
Mozambique Bazaruto Archipelago site factsheet
Mozambique Changelane river gorge site factsheet
Mozambique Maputo Special Reserve site factsheet
Mozambique Pomene site factsheet
South Africa Blouberg site factsheet
South Africa Blyde River Canyon site factsheet
South Africa Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park site factsheet
South Africa Ithala Game Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Kosi Bay system site factsheet
South Africa Kruger National Park and adjacent areas site factsheet
South Africa Lake St Lucia and Mkuze Swamps site factsheet
South Africa Magaliesberg site factsheet
South Africa Mkuzi Game Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Ndumo Game Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Nyl River Floodplain site factsheet
South Africa Phongolo Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Pilanesberg National Park site factsheet
South Africa Polokwane Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Songimvelo Nature Reserve site factsheet
South Africa Soutpansberg site factsheet
South Africa Waterberg System site factsheet
Swaziland Hlane and Mlawula Game Reserves site factsheet
Swaziland Malolotja Nature Reserve site factsheet
Zimbabwe Matobo Hills site factsheet
Zimbabwe Nyanga lowlands/Honde valley site factsheet
Zimbabwe Nyanga mountains site factsheet
Zimbabwe Robert McIlwaine Recreational Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Cossypha humeralis. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Muscicapidae (Chats and Old World flycatchers)
Species name author (Smith, 1836)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 645,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change