Thrushes (Turdidae)

East Coast Akalat (Sheppardia gunningi) - HBW 10, p. 732

French: Rougegorge de Gunning German: Blauflügelrötel Spanish: Akelat de Gunning
Other common names: Gunning’s Robin, Eastern/Gunning’s Akalat

Taxonomy: Sheppardia gunningi Haagner, 1909, Mzimbiti, near Beira, Mozambique.
Race bensoni strikingly distinctive, possibly better treated as a separate species. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sokokensis (van Someren, 1921) - coastal SE Kenya, NE Tanzania, and Zanzibar I.
  • alticola Fjeldså et al., 2000 - Nguu Mts, in E Tanzania.
  • bensoni Kinnear, 1938 - NC Malawi.
  • gunningi Haagner, 1909 - C Mozambique.

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