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Photo by ammadoux
Desert tree- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Alternative names: Rufous Bush-Robin; Rufous Bush-Chat

Cercotrichas galactotes

Includes: African Scrub-Robin


Brown upper parts, white under parts, and a prominent white eye-stripe. The rufous tail looks unremarkable when the bird hold its tail flat and looks very long when the tail is raised. The tail is frequently fanned, showing the black and white tips of the tail feathers (more noticeable from the underside).


Photo by Kevin Wade
Cádiz, Spain, August 2018

Found in the Mediterranean, North Africa, West and Central Africa, Middle East to Iran and Pakistan.



The first three subspecies are recognised by Clements[1]

  • C. g. galactotes:
  • Western Mediterranean basin and North Africa; winters to southern Sahara
  • C. g. syriacus:
  • Eastern Mediterranean basin and Middle East; winters to eastern Africa
  • C. g. familiaris:

Two other subspecies minor and hamertoni from subsaharan Africa has in the past been split as African Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas minor.

  • C. m. minor:
  • C. m. hamertoni:
  • Eastern Somalia (Beira and Wagar mountains)


Dry open country with bushes and shrubs.



It builds its nest in a bush; 3-5 eggs are laid.


The diet incldudes insects mostly caught on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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