Photo of the Week – 5 August 2019

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin © Andre Demblon

The Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin – Cercotrichas galactotes – is a medium-sized member of the family Muscicapidae. Other common names include Rufous Scrub Robin, Rufous Bush Chat, Rufous Bush Robin and the Rufous Warbler. It breeds around the Mediterranean and east to Pakistan. It also breeds south of the Sahara from the Sahel region east to Somalia. These African birds are sometimes considered to be a separate species, the African Scrub Robin (C. minor). It is partially migratory, wintering in East Africa and India. In July 2016 it was announced on SA Rare Bird News Forum by Trevor Hardaker that a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin had been seen by Peter Steyn and Andre Demblon near the Zeekoevlei picnic area along the entrance road to the Strandfontein Sewage Works in Cape Town. Andre managed to get a record shot of the bird and after some debate by the experts it was positively identified.


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