Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Karoo Scrub-robin (Tychaedon coryphoeus)


Taxonomy

French: Agrobate coryphée German: Karooheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola del Karoo
Taxonomy:

Sylvia coryphœus

Vieillot

, 1817,

eastern Cape Province, South Africa

.

Race abbotti (R Fish, SW Namibia) treated here as synonym of nominate. Species name previously listed as coryphaeus, but original spelling recently demonstrated to be coryphoeus#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. coryphoeus (Vieillot, 1817) – C & S Namibia, W & C South Africa (E to W Free State and Eastern Cape) and W Lesotho.
  • T. c. cinerea (Macdonald, 1952) – SW Western Cape.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 19–22 g. Nominate race is dull grey-brown above and below, with white supercilium, narrow white sub­ocular crescent, whitish chin and throat,... read more

    Voice

    Song (confined to breeding season) a series of unmusical husky irregular stutters, chirrups and... read more

    Habitat

    Scrub, with interspersed bare ground for foraging: Karoo scrub, drier fynbos such as renosterveld,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects and fruit: ants, beetles (Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Elateridae, Scarabaeidae, Tenebrionidae), flies (Muscidae, Sepsidae), small... read more

    Breeding

    Generally Jul–Dec, earliest in W, peak laying in Sept–Oct; Aug–Feb (peak Nov) in Namibia; no evidence of double-brooding... read more

    Movements

    Resident; occasional short-distance vagrancy.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common. Ubiquitous in strandveld in coastal Namaqualand and SW Cape.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2019). Karoo Scrub-robin (Tychaedon coryphoeus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58481 on 18 September 2019).