Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

Cercotrichas galactotes (Temminck, 1820) RUBRO 10950
Family: Passeriformes > Muscicapidae

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Yoav Perlman

The Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin breeds in dry habitats in two discrete areas, one extending in a narrow band from southern Iberia east to Pakistan, and the other in the Sahel.

Based on 'in the hand' identification features, it appears that individuals from both populations have been recorded in Britain & Ireland, but declines in the Mediterranean populations mean it is likely to remain an extremely rare visitor.

Select a topic for more facts and statistics about the Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

  • Breeding
  • Winter
130 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
130 records


130 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
130 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: cuaenlairat comú
Czech: pevec ryšavý
Danish: Trænattergal
Dutch: Rosse Waaierstaart
Estonian: võsaööbik
Finnish: ruostepyrstö
French: Agrobate roux
German: Heckensänger
Hungarian: tüskebujkáló
Icelandic: Glaumgali
Irish: Torspideog Ruadhonn
Italian: Usignolo d'Africa
Latvian: rudastes strazdigala
Lithuanian: rusvoji krumynine liepsnele
Norwegian: Hekkskvett
Polish: drozdówka rdzawa
Portuguese: solitário
Slovak: žltorítka ryšavá
Slovenian: mejacica
Spanish: Alzacola rojizo
Swedish: trädnäktergal

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