French: Agrobate à dos roux German: Weißbrauen-Heckensänger Spanish: Alzacola dorsirrojo
Gamtoos River, eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. leucoptera
(Rüppell, 1845) – White-winged Scrub-robin – SE South Sudan, C & S Ethiopia, N Somalia and N Kenya.
C. l. eluta
(Bowen, 1934) – SE Ethiopia#R, S Somalia and NE Kenya.
C. l. vulpina
(Reichenow, 1891) – E Kenya and E Tanzania.
C. l. brunneiceps
(Reichenow, 1891) – C & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
C. l. sclateri
(Grote, 1930) – C Tanzania.
C. l. zambesiana
(Sharpe, 1882) – extreme S & SW South Sudan, N & E DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya S to E & S Zambia, E Zimbabwe and N Mozambique.
C. l. munda
(Cabanis, 1880) – S Gabon E to W DRCongo and S to C Angola.
C. l. ovamboensis
(Neumann, 1920) – S Angola and N Namibia E to SW Zambia and W Zimbabwe.
C. l. leucophrys
(Vieillot, 1817) – Red-backed Scrub-robin – S Zimbabwe and S Mozambique S to N & E South Africa.
14–16 cm; 13–20 g. Nominate race is olive-brown above, shading to rufous on rump, with blackish wings with double white wingbar and buffy margins of flight-... read more
Song, often from open perch but also well inside cover, very loud series of often rapid whistled... read more
Wide variety of bushy and wooded country. Open arid thorn-scrub and woodland, notably where... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects, in particular termites. Of 23 stomachs and faecal samples from S Africa, 69% held termites, 67% ants, 59%... read more
Mar–May in Ethiopia; Oct–Jan in Rwanda; at any time of year in DRCongo and E Africa, but mainly Apr–May in latter; Oct... read more
Sedentary almost everywhere; in extreme S of range, regular winter desertion of thornveld occurs in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. The common scrub-robin of much of E & C Africa. Frequent to abundant, with very large range and great ecological flexibility (preferring drier... read more
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