Scrub Robins or Bush Chats

The Bearded Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata)


Rufous-bush RobinThe scrub robins or bush chats are mostly African species that inhabit open woodland or scrub; however, the Rufous Bush Chat also breeds in southern Europe and east to Pakistan.

This family belongs to the genus Cercotrichas, sometimes placed in to genus Erythorpygia.

These birds mostly feed on insects and nest on the ground or in bushes.


Species are:

  • Forest Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas leucosticta
  • Bearded Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas quadrivirgata
  • Miombo Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas barbata
  • Brown Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas signata
  • Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas hartlaubi
  • Red-backed Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas leucophrys
  • Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin or Rufous Bush Chat, Cercotrichas galactotes
  • Kalahari Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas paena
  • African Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas minor
  • Karoo Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas coryphaeus
  • Black Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas podobe


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