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Red-backed Scrub-robin

Red-backed Scrub-robin
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-10-30 4:40
Viewed: 4914
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've been looking in 'The birds of the Kruger National Park' pages from the 'KNP Map'.
I couldn't find the drawing from this bird. I figured out I could belong to the thrush or robin family?
I think it isn't listed in the map though.
Or maybe it's a female or juvenile?
Hope the birders among us can provide some guidance....
Does a White-browed scrub-robin make sense?
Thanks a lot in advance.

Capture time: 15:00
ISO 200
Digital workflow: Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop.

It is actually a Red-backed Scrub-robin.
Thanks for the replies with the confirmation.

The Red-backed Scrub-robin (Erythropygia leucophrys) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and dry savanna.(wiki)

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Not a clue as to the ID I'm afraid Annick,but its a lovely capture.
Very nicely composed and plenty of detail.
Good luck with the ID

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-30 6:59]

hi annick,
nice image, the light illuminating the head is something marvellous, good composition but i feel bit bold. nice details and colors. tfs.

Hi Annick,
Sorry my lack of identification... however what I can tell you is that it's a very nice bird with a big range of brown colours...

Hi Annick,
Wondeful species and great capture..
Very well composed.

Hi Annick,

I think the difficulty with the identification is because your image shows more detail than the images in the books. Well seen and well handled with the back and side lighting.


Witaj Annick,
świetny strzał !!!
Szczegóły upierzenia, DOF i barwy są bardzo dobre.
POV bardzo ciekawy, także kompozycja zdjęcia mi się podoba.
Gratuluję i pozdrawiam

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-10-30 10:31]

Hello Annick,

A lovely portrait of this bird. I like the details, BG, POV and composition. Sorry i am not much help to find the ID. TFS.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-30 11:47]

Hallo Annick,
Wat een toeval, zo'n Witbrauwwaaierstaart (cercotrichas leucophrys) heb ik ook nog klaar staan om the plaatsen. Alleen een andere ondersoort uit Ethiopië met een rode staart en wat meer wit op de vleugels.
Ondanks het zwakke licht toch een mooie foto en voldoende scherpte. Erg goede POV en compositie.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-30 12:23]

Hola Annick,
bonita captura y "misteriosa ID" :))
perfecto plumaje y pose,

Hi Annick,
Its a pity no one has yet been able to make definite identification. Very good capture with good pose and composition, pin-sharp details, bright colours and nicely blurred BG.

Yes, you guessed right. It is rather obviously a Cercotrichas [Erythropygia] sp. There are three possible in Kruger from the genus. The other two (quadrivirgata, and signata) do not have white covert bars (they have instead little white primary panels). You may have been drawn into error by the very conspicuous black moustachials (not so evident in all races of leucophrys). This is an adult bird, of indeterminate sex (sexes are similar), and it is of the nominate race leucophrys leucophrys

Aka Red-backed Scrub-robin.

EDIT: Some are still confused about this bird. My analysis is correct(confirmed by Peter Z, albeit in Dutch),and this is a definitive ID.

This is Cercotrichas l. leucophrys (White-browed Scrub-Robin aka Red-backed Scrub-robin).

This is one of the best shots I've seen, Annick!Even by your high standards, this is truly a masterpiece!
Thanks for the share!

hello annick!
very nice pic on this fine bird!
sharp and well composed!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-31 14:38]

Hi Annick,
a fine capture of this Red-backed Scrub-robin (waht a mouthfull!)
Well composed with a good low-down POV.
Sharp with great detail.
Excellent exposure.

Well done,

Hello Annick!

Great shot. Excellent sharpness and great background. Interesting pose, with well visible eye and all colors of plumage


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