The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Kalahari Scrub Robin

Afrikaans name: Kalahariwipstert

Kalahari Scrub Robin are often seen on the ground

Kalahari Scrub Robin at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Cercotrichas paena

The Kalahari Scrub Robin is found in dry Acacia savanna in South Africa. It favours areas where there are bushes and scrub with open patches in between. They are a common species occuring in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

It is often seen hopping along the ground looking for food which is made up of insects and spiders. They like to be near cover and will dart into a thicket at any sign of a threat.

They make their nests in a thicket, normally just above the ground. The nest is made from twigs, grass and leaves and is not the neatest structure in the bird world. The inside is lined with softer materials such as hair and thin roots. The female lays 2 to 4 eggs and she is totally responsible for incubating them.

Kalahari Scrub Robin looking for insects

Kalahari Scrub Robins are often seen on the ground

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 158

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 245

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 54

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 330

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 314

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 533

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 413

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 537

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 402

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 330

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 59

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 330

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 234

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 57

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 67

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 67

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 196

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 232


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