White-browed Scrub Robin

Cercotrichas leucophrys

An inhabitant of thorny savannas and woodlands with good grass covering, the White-browed Scrub Robin is a shy bird with a fairly characteristic song most often heard at sunrise or sundown. They feed predominantly on insects, especially ants and termites, caught on the ground. White-browed Scrub Robins are usually encountered in monogamous territorial pairs and breed in spring and summer. Their nest is a deep cup-shape built in dense foliage or thick grass, usually quite low to the ground. Clutches usually consist of 2-4 eggs and are incubated by the female only for a 2 week period, though both parents take an active role in feeding the chicks.

Adults weigh around 20g and grow to 15cm in length.

The White-browed Scrub Robin has a wide distribution through east, central and southern Africa. In South Africa they occur from the North West Province to the Eastern Cape, through Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal. The IUCN lists the White-browed Scrub Robin as being of least concern.


31 thoughts on “White-browed Scrub Robin

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Did you get a few pics of them at Mpila when you visited recently, Carol? Almost all the photos in this gallery were taken there on various visits – the only sure place I know you can go to see them.

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      1. naturebackin

        Well no – I didn’t notice any at the tented camp, although in retrospect we might have heard them without registering. Will look out for them when next we visit. The only place I have ever photographed them was at a permaculture garden in the Eastern Cape where they had nested.

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  1. The Naturarian

    Guess who’s back to bug you in the comments section? 🤔 It’s Midwestern Plant Girl! I’ve returned to blogging and opening a nature biz 😍 I’m so glad to see you’re still blogging! I’ll have to catch up 😁😁

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      1. Mukhamani

        Till about twenty years ago they were in abundance. They used to try to build their nests inside the house. We don’t know why, but we are seeing less and lees of them. It is very sad.

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      1. John

        Thanks Dries! I’ve been to the emergency 3 times, but they do nothing. They have booked a medical examination for me in … two weeks !!! “Sweden has the world’s best healthcare” Did they say when you went to school …


    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      The sexes of this species are very much alike, Joanne, and as these photos were collected over a few years hopefully there’s examples of both male and female included, though I wouldn’t know which is which!
      And you’re 100% correct about that excellent camouflage!

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