Karoo Scrub-robin

Cercotrichas coryphoeus (endemic)


This is one of five scrub-robin species in southern Africa and is restricted to the southern and western reaches of South Africa. They are monogamous breeders that defend their “karoo scrub and strandveld” territory with much vigour (as can be seen by some of our photographs). An interesting fact about these endemic birds is that they are also facultative cooperative breeders, as their juveniles are known to help their parents with rearing the next brood.

We first recorded this dark grey-brown scrub-robin in November 2010 while visiting the West Coast National Park. Since then, we have seen it on a number of occasions in the Western & Northern Cape, Karoo and southern Namibia.


Karoo Scrub Robin / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Karoo Scrub Robin / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Karoo Scrub Robin / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Karoo Scrub Robin / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Karoo Scrub Robin / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Karoo Scrub-robin / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 May 2013 Karoo Scrub Robin / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Karoo Scrub Robin / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Karoo Scrub-robin / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 May 2013 Karoo Scrub-robin / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 May 2013 Karoo Scrub Robin / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Karoo Scrub Robin / Vrisch Gewagt Olive Farm, Prince Albert, Western Cape, South Africa / December 2018 Karoo Scrub-robin / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 May 2013 Karoo Scrub-robin / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 May 2013 Karoo Scrub Robin / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Karoo Scrub Robin / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 16 February 2013 Karoo Scrub Robin / West Coast National Park, South Africa / 16 February 2013 Karoo Scrub-robin / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 09 May 2013 Karoo Scrub-robin (Coryphaeus) / Karoo National Park, South Africa
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