CAPE ROBIN-CHAT

The resident Cape Robin-Chat (Cossypha caffra) posed for me the other morning and entertained me with some of its melodious phrases whilst keeping a sharp eye out for insects in the recently worked garden bed below it.

It had some tufts sticking out of the back of its head, which made me think of a boy straight out of a shower who hadn’t yet slicked his hair down.

It was a special experience to have one perch so close to me for a while without flinching at the sound of my camera shutter.

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23 thoughts on “CAPE ROBIN-CHAT

  1. A darling bird! We have no European nor South African type robins here in the USA. Our robin is actually a thrush.
    I wonder what causes “us” to find one bird or animal more appealing than another. Probably this is hardwired, but perhaps taught when we are quite young.

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    • Yes, I have come to appreciate the similarity between what is called a robin in the USA and what we know as a thrush. I think we find certain behaviours in birds and animals more appealling than others: the robin, in this case, appears to project a definite personality and is less wary of human company than many other birds – as is our thrush. Both are very attractive birds too.

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  2. I think he’s turning to show off his little tuft. Proud of it he is. And rightly so. It’s distinctive. Reminds me of small appearance adjustments some young men here make to assert their individuality, as opposed to my own tendency to fit in, be part of the crowd.

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  3. This fellow charmed me at my first glimpse of him a few days ago, and it’s taken me this long to get back here and read more about him. He reminds me of one of “my” chickadees, in his boldness. While I was away for weeks a neighbor kept my bird feeder full, but after I came home, within a few days the supply was running low, and only millet was showing up in the tray. I kept forgetting to refill it with the mix that includes the seeds he likes, and when I was on the patio for a minute he flew right over and very plainly scolded me about it.

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    • Thank you for this interesting response, which made me smile. We often ‘claim’ birds as ‘ours’ when they are regular visitors. Your chickadee might have ‘claimed’ you!

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