Brown scrub robin

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Brown scrub robin
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Adult at St Lucia, South Africa
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Juvenile in Mkhuze G. R., South Africa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Cercotrichas
C. signata
Binomial name
Cercotrichas signata
(Sundevall, 1850)

Erythropygia signata

The brown scrub robin (Cercotrichas signata) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is found in Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland. Its natural habitat is subtropical dry or moist forests.


There are two accepted races:[2]

  • Cercotrichas signata subsp. signata – South African coastal bush and Afromontane forest
Description: Greyish brown plumage
  • Cercotrichas signata subsp. tongensis – coastal plain from northern KZN to southern Mozambique
Description: Smaller with shorter bill. Paler brown plumage above and warmer buff plumage below. More conspicuous supercilium and moustache stripe.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Erythropygia signata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Chittenden, H.; et al. (2012). Roberts geographic variation of southern African birds. Cape Town: JVBBF. pp. 202–203. ISBN 978-1-920602-00-0.

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