Thrushes (Turdidae)

Bocage's Akalat (Sheppardia bocagei) - HBW 10, p. 733

French: Rougegorge de Bocage German: Bocagerötel Spanish: Akelat de Bocage
Other common names: Bocage’s Robin/Ground-robin; Fernando Póo/Short-tailed Akalat (poensis)

Taxonomy: Cossypha bocagei Finsch and Hartlaub, 1870, Biballa, Angola.
Formerly placed in genus Cossypha. Nominate race and chapini belong to a “southern (S) group”, inhabiting lowland forest, the remaining races to a “ northern (N) group”, which inhabits montane forest; the two groups have been proposed as separate species on basis of morphological and structural differences, and reported vocal differences, but unclear whether appropriate samples have been compared; further detail required. When species placed in genus Cossypha, name poensis becomes preoccupied, and population of Bioko receives name insulana. Eight sub.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Cossypha bocagei Finsch and Hartlaub, 1870, Biballa, Angola.
Formerly placed in genus Cossypha. Nominate race and chapini belong to a “southern (S) group”, inhabiting lowland forest, the remaining races to a “ northern (N) group”, which inhabits montane forest; the two groups have been proposed as separate species on basis of morphological and structural differences, and reported vocal differences, but unclear whether appropriate samples have been compared; further detail required. When species placed in genus Cossypha, name poensis becomes preoccupied, and population of Bioko receives name insulana. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • granti (Serle, 1949) - SE Nigeria and W Cameroon.
  • poensis (Alexander, 1903) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • schoutedeni (Prigogine, 1952) - E DRCongo.

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  • granti (Serle, 1949) - SE Nigeria and W Cameroon.
  • poensis (Alexander, 1903) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • schoutedeni (Prigogine, 1952) - E DRCongo.
  • kaboboensis (Prigogine, 1955) - Mt Kabobo, in E DRCongo.
  • kungwensis (Moreau, 1941) - Mt Kungwe, in W Tanzania.
  • ilyai (Prigogine, 1987) - E of Mt Kungwe, in W Tanzania.
  • chapini (Benson, 1955) - SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania and N Zambia.
  • bocagei (Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870) - W Angola.
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