Genus Cercomela


Sombre Chat - The Sombre Chat is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in Ethiopia and Somalia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

Familiar Chat - The Familiar Chat is a dumpy short-tailed bird 14-15 cm long. The adult’s upperparts are dark brown, and the face sides behind the eye are orange. The underparts vary from off-white to pale grey-brown, and the rump and outer tail feathers are orange. The central tail feathers are dark brown. The short straight bill and the legs and feet are black. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile is dark brown above and buff below, heavily marked with buff on the upperparts, and scaly on the breast.


Indian Chat - It is a ground feeding bird, like most chats; in fact, chats are the only ground feeding subfamily in the Old World flycatchers family ; until recently they were in the thrush family.

Blackstart - It is a 14–16 cm long bird named for its black tail, which is frequently fanned; the rest of its plumage is bluish-grey or grey-brown . The sexes are similar, but the male on average has blacker lores. The song is a clear melancholy whistle: CHURlee...TRUloo...CHURlee...TRUlur..., with short phrases from the song used as a call.


Karoo Chat - The scientific name commemorates the German ornithologist, Hermann Schlegel


Brown-tailed Chat - The Brown-tailed Chat is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.


Sicklewing Chat - The Sickle-winged Chat is 14–15 cm long and weighs around 19 gm. Its upperparts are dark grey, but it has brown wings and a rufous patch behind the eye. The tail and rump are buff-pink, with an inverted wedge of black at the end of the tail. Its underparts are off-white, the short straight bill, legs and feet are black and the eye is brown. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile has buff tips to its feathers.


Moorland Chat - The moorland chat is very bold, commonly approaching people, and even landing on or near them.


Tractrac Chat - Its habitat is Karoo and desert scrub, hummock dunes and gravel plains.

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Muscicapidae
Genus : Cercomela