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Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

(Cercotrichas galactotes)
Alternate name(s): "Rufous Scrub Robin", "Rufous Bush Robin", "Rufous Bush Chat", "Rufous Warbler"
Size: 15-17 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "familiaris"(?)

ADULT

Frontal view of a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Close-up lateral view of a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin keeping an eye on the intruder in its territory
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Here a different posture, seen from the side
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin with ruffled plumage after preening
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin; slightly different posture
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Near-dorsal view of a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin issuing its call
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Dorsal view of a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin with its tail up and fanned slightly
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Jumping Jack Flash - Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin jumping off a rock
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin in low, gliding flight
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Behaviour

A Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin's tail basically never stands still. It is always in motion - up-down, fan-fold. Usually, this is what gives the bird away when hidden in dense underbrush or thickets.

A Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin's various ways to hold its tail
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat]

This photo (taken without a flash) shows more clearly how dark it usually is where a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin likes to sit for preening
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Behaviour

MALE

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robins show other peculiar patterns of behaviour, such as a wing and tail spread, see below. When performed while on the ground, this spread is accompanied by a forward thrust of the breast. This behviour was also observed when there was no second bird in sight.

Extreme posture that clearly indicates a male Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin's display behaviour; a second bird was within sight, in a small tree
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Different posture indicating a male Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin's display behaviour; again, a second bird was within sight
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Food, Diet

Like all other robins (all families), Rufous-tailed Scrub Robins are flycatchers. Most robins hunt for insects from low to mid-level perches.

This Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin has found a good-sized meal
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

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