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

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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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