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Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

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Photo by ammadoux Desert tree- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Photo by ammadoux
Desert tree- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Alternative names: Rufous Bush-Robin; Rufous Bush-Chat

Cercotrichas galactotes

Includes: African Scrub-Robin


[edit] Identification

Brown upper parts, white under parts, and a prominent white eye-stripe. The rufous tail looks unremarkable when the bird hold its tail flat and looks very long when the tail is raised. The tail is frequently fanned, showing the black and white tips of the tail feathers (more noticeable from the underside).

[edit] Distribution

Photo by Kevin Wade Cádiz, Spain, August 2018
Photo by Kevin Wade
Cádiz, Spain, August 2018

Found in the Mediterranean, North Africa, West and Central Africa, Middle East to Iran and Pakistan.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

The first three subspecies are recognised by Clements[1]

  • C. g. galactotes:
  • Western Mediterranean basin and North Africa; winters to southern Sahara
  • C. g. syriacus:
  • Eastern Mediterranean basin and Middle East; winters to eastern Africa
  • C. g. familiaris:

Clements splits two other subspecies minor and hamertoni from subsaharan Africa as African Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas minor.

  • C. m. minor:
  • C. m. hamertoni:
  • Eastern Somalia (Beira and Wagar mountains)

[edit] Habitat

Dry open country with bushes and shrubs.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It builds its nest in a bush; 3-5 eggs are laid.

[edit] Diet

The diet incldudes insects mostly caught on the ground.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at

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