Rufous-eared Warbler

Malcorus pectoralis (endemic)

This striking, prinia-like warbler must be one of South Africa’s most attractive endemics. Occurring in arid scrubland, its bright rufous cheeks, black breast-band and long, thin tail separate it from all similar species.

I first recorded this striking endemic in September 2011 while birding the Tanqua Karoo. We both got to see it in June 2012 in the newly establihsed Mokala National Park.


Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Prince Albert, South Africa / 28 December 2013 (Edited) Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 17 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Prince Albert, South Africa / 28 December 2013 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 17 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 17 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Prince Albert, South Africa / 28 December 2013 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 17 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 17 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mokala National Park, South Africa / 29 June 2012 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mountain Zebra Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa / 16 December 2016 Rufous-eared Warbler / Prince Albert, South Africa / 28 December 2013 Rufous-eared Warbler / Prince Albert, South Africa / 28 December 2013 Rufous-eared Warbler / Mokala National Park, South Africa / 29 June 2012 Rufous-eared Warbler / Prince Albert, South Africa / 28 December 2013
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