Black Scrub Robin
Black Scrub Robin
Black Scrub Robin
Scientific Name 
Cercotrichas podobe
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
18.0 cm
Least Concern

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. First recorded in Kuwait in early May 2006, this unique bird may be expanding its range in Arabia. Good places to look for this bird are at the oasis farms in Kuwait’s western desert.
Where in Kuwait 
It inhabits arid desert, semi-desert and dry savanna with scattered shrubs, bushes or palm trees, typically at elevations below 1,500 metres and is usually foraging on the ground or in low bushes. There are only 2 records for Kuwait with the last recorded at Al Abraq in March 2010
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It occurs across North Africa and into the Arabian Peninsula and has been recorded as a vagrant in Egypt, Jordan and the eastern Arabian Peninsula including Kuwait. It is a long-legged bird with almost entirely greyish-black plumage and a distinctly long tail, which is often held cocked.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation and indiscriminate shooting, since it is 'something' different.