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White-starred Robin | Pogonocichla stellata

The White-starred Robin is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Muscicapidae bird family group which includes birds such as Thrushes, Robins, Chats, Old World Flycatchers.

The description for the White-starred Robin (Latin name Pogonocichla stellata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Pogonocichla stellata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 606 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 924. You will find a picture of the White-starred Robin on page 960.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Starred Robin in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the White-starred Robin between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The White-starred Robin has a height of 16 cms and weighs around 21 gms. The head is coloured blue while the bill is coloured black. The Pogonocichla stellata has a yellow coloured throat, pink legs and a olive, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is blue

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are pink

Throat is yellow

Back is olive, green

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The White-starred Robin is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Pogonocichla stellata forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The White-starred Robin is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The White-starred Robin is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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