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Scrub robins
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Cercotrichas
Boie, 1831
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The scrub robins or bush chats are medium-sized insectivorous birds in the genus Cercotrichas. They were formerly in the thrush family (Turdidae), but are more often now treated as part of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae).

These are mainly African species of open woodland or scrub, which nest in bushes or on the ground, but the Rufous Bush Chat also breeds in southern Europe and east to Pakistan.

Species are:

  • Forest Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas leucosticta
    Bearded Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas quadrivirgata
    Miombo Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas barbata
    Brown Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas signata
    Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas hartlaubi
    Red-backed Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas leucophrys
    Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin or Rufous Bush Chat, Cercotrichas galactotes
    Kalahari Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas paena
    African Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas minor
    Karoo Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas coryphaeus
    Black Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas podobe

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