Karoo Scrub-robin (Erythropygia coryphaeus) - HBW 10, p. 762
French: Agrobate coryphée
Spanish: Alzacola del Karroo
Other common names: Cape Scrub-robin
Taxonomy: Sylvia coryphæus Vieillot, 1817, eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Genus often merged into Cercotrichas. Differs from congeners (and Cercotrichas) in basic egg colour (blue, as opposed to white) and song, and nestling hatches with down feathers (rather than naked), perhaps suggesting that placement in its own monotypic genus may be appropriate. Recently claimed that original, and thus correct, spelling of species name is coryphoeus, but in old publications the two diphthongs are notoriously difficult to distinguish, as in this case; with such uncertainty, it seems best to stick with established usuage. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- coryphaeus ( Vieillot, 1817) - S Namibia, W & C South Africa (E to W Free State and Eastern Cape) and W Lesotho.
- cinerea Macdonald, 1952 - SW Western Cape.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird calling on the top of a bush Locality Western Cape Province, South Africa
Helmut Schenkel Brunner 31 July 2003 6 years ago 18 sec 4.2
An adult perched and then singing Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp cinereus)
Greg Baker 25 September 2002 1 year ago 17 sec 3.7
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Karoo scrub robin
Locality Worcester, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Louis Groenewald 18 April 2013 14 weeks ago 4.4
Foraging on the beach. ID unsure.
Locality West Coast National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Cristiano Crolle 18 August 2013 30 weeks ago 4
On a branch
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 17 November 2012 1 year ago 4
Adult foraging on the ground.
Locality Klein Cedarberg Private Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp coryphaeus)
Martin Flack 22 October 2011 2 years ago 3.4
A bird, perched n a bush.
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp cinerea)
Carmelo López 29 November 2010 3 years ago 3.2
An adult perched on a branch.
Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp cinerea)
Carmelo López 21 November 2010 3 years ago 2.5