Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Forest Scrub-robin (Tychaedon leucosticta)


French: Agrobate du Ghana German: Waldheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola selvático

Cossypha leucosticta


, 1883,

Accra, Ghana


Race reichenowi reasonably distinctive, by virtue of paler brown upperparts, less saturated rump/uppertail-coverts, more extensive white in wing and paler grey neck sides and breast. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. colstoni (Tye, 1991) – Sierra Leone (Kambui Hills) and Liberia.
  • T. l. leucosticta (Sharpe, 1883) – Forest Scrub-robin – SE Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
  • T. l. collsi (Alexander, 1907) – SE Central African Republic (R Ouossi) and NE DRCongo (R Uele to Ituri Forest); recorded once in extreme W Uganda (Semliki Forest#R).
  • T. l. reichenowi (E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – Huila Scrub-robin – Huíla Escarpment (S to Gambela and Kumbira Forest), in NW Angola.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16·5 cm; 21–31 g. Bold facial pattern involving white supercilium, subocular crescent, submoustachial and chin to throat, dark brown crown, black lores... read more


    Song a prolonged series of varied phrases lasting 3–5 seconds, consisting of very melodious,... read more


    Understorey of primary lowland forest, often near large termitaria (at least in C Africa). In... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, mainly insects such as black ants, termites, beetles, caterpillars and grasshoppers, also small millipedes, amphibians and... read more


    Only one nest found, in DRCongo, indicating eggs laid in Mar, but gonads of specimens suggest breeding there also Sept–Oct, and Aug... read more


    Sedentary, so far as known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to frequent. As many as 18 collected around Mt Nimba, in Liberia, indicating probably reasonable numbers in some parts of range; its extreme... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Forest Scrub-robin (Tychaedon leucosticta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 January 2020).