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Karoo Scrub Robin

Tychaedon coryphoeus

A common inhabitant of Karoo scrublands and fynbos, the Karoo Scrub Robin grows to around 15cm in length and 20g in weight. They feed mainly on insects and spiders.

Karoo Scrub Robins are usually encountered in territorial pairs, which are often assisted at their nest by helpers from a previous brood. They breed in spring and summer, when the female builds a cup-shaped nest in a large heap of twigs placed at the base or in the foliage of a dense shrub, ably assisted in the provision of building materials (dry grass, leaves, fur and so on) by her mate and helpers. The female incubates the clutch of 2-4 eggs for around 2 weeks, during which time the male regularly provides food to her. The chicks fledge before they are 3 weeks old, but often stay with their parents to assist in the rearing of the next brood.

The Karoo Scrub Robin occurs only in southern Namibia, western Lesotho, and South Africa’s western provinces (Northern, Western and Eastern Cape as well as drier western parts of the Free State). The IUCN lists it as being of least concern.