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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea

Familia: Muscicapidae
Genus: Cossypha
Species (15): C. albicapillus – C. anomala – C. ansorgei – C. archeri – C. caffra – C. cyanocampter – C. dichroa – C. heinrichi – C. heuglini – C. humeralis – C. isabellae – C. natalensis – C. niveicapilla – C. polioptera – C. semirufa


Cossypha Vigors, 1825

Xenocopsychus Hartert, 1907: 81


Vigors, N.A. 1825. Sketches in ornithology; or, observations on the leading affinities of some of the more extensive groups of birds. On the arrangements of the genera of Birds. The Zoological Journal Vol.2: From January 1825 to April 1826: 391-405 Original description p.396 BHLReference page.

Cossypha are small insectivorous birds, with most species called robin-chats. They were formerly in the thrush family Turdidae, but are now more often treated as part of the Old World flycatcher Muscicapidae .

These are African woodland dwelling species, but some have become adapted to sites around human habitation.

The name Cossypha for the genus was introduced by the Irish zoologist Nicholas Aylward Vigors in 1825.[1] The word comes from the Classical Greek kossuphos for a blackbird or thrush.[2]

The genus contains the following species:[3]

Mountain robin-chat, Cossypha isabellae
Archer's ground robin, Cossypha archeri
Olive-flanked ground robin, Cossypha anomala
Cape robin-chat, Cossypha caffra
White-throated robin-chat, Cossypha humeralis
Angolan cave chat, Cossypha ansorgei
Grey-winged robin-chat, Cossypha polioptera
Blue-shouldered robin-chat, Cossypha cyanocampter
Rüppell's robin-chat, Cossypha semirufa
White-browed robin-chat, Cossypha heuglini
Red-capped robin-chat, Cossypha natalensis
Chorister robin-chat, Cossypha dichroa
White-headed robin-chat, Cossypha heinrichi
Snowy-crowned robin-chat, Cossypha niveicapilla
White-crowned robin-chat, Cossypha albicapilla


Vigors, Nicholas Aylward (1825). "Cossypha". Zoological Journal. 2: 396.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London, United Kingdom: Christopher Helm. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Chats, Old World flycatchers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

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