Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Miombo Scrub-robin (Tychaedon barbata)


French: Agrobate barbu German: Bartheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola barbudo

Cossypha barbata

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1870,

Caconda, Benguela, Angola


See comments under T. quadrivirgata. Proposed race thamnodytes (described from near L Tanganyika, W Tanzania) not accepted here. Monotypic.


Interior Angola E to Burundi, W Tanzania and N & C Malawi.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Resembles T. quadrivirgata, but paler and much greyer above, with less white in wings but more in tail (outermost rectrices three-quarters white), more... read more


Song loud and melodious, closely resembling that of T. quadrivirgata but without the long... read more


A specialist of miombo (Brachystegia/Julbernardia) woodland, favouring areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, such as ants, beetles (Carabidae, Curculionidae), small grasshoppers, plant bugs and termites (Micro­cerotermes... read more


Sept–Nov in Angola, Aug–Nov in DRCongo and Zambia and Oct–Dec in Malawi. Nest an open cup of fine grass, rootlets and... read more


Sedentary, so far as known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Frequent to common throughout extensive habitat.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Miombo Scrub-robin (Tychaedon barbata). 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 23 January 2020).