Grey-winged Akalat (Sheppardia polioptera) - HBW 10, p. 734
French: Cossyphe à sourcils blancs
Spanish: Cosifa Aligrís
Other common names: Grey-winged Robin/Ground-robin, Grey-winged/Pygmy/White-browed Robin-chat
Taxonomy: Cossypha polioptera Reichenow, 1892, Bukoba, Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
Sometimes placed in Cossypha owing to behaviour, mimicry skills and egg coloration; placement in present genus based on plumage of juvenile, erectile supraocular tufts and unpatterned tail, and this supported by biomolecular study. Has also been placed in Dryocichloides. Proposed race grimwoodi (known only from type locality in Mwinilunga District, in N Zimbabwe) merged with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nigriceps (Reichenow, 1910) - Sierra Leone, N Liberia, W Ivory Coast, C & E Nigeria and adjacent C Cameroon.
- tessmanni (Reichenow, 1921) - E Cameroon.
- polioptera (Reichenow, 1892) - S Sudan, W & S Uganda, W Kenya, NW Tanzania, Burundi, NW & E Angola, extreme NW Zambia and S DRCongo.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird in a bush, singing, stretching the wing and flying away Locality Bigodi Swamp, Uganda (ssp polioptera)
Josep del Hoyo 2 September 2006 6 years ago 1 min 3 sec 4
A bird in a bush, singing Locality Bigodi Swamp, Uganda (ssp polioptera)
Josep del Hoyo 2 September 2006 6 years ago 47 sec 3.7
A bird perched and singing. Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp polioptera)
Eldert Groenewoud 4 March 2008 4 years ago 36 sec 3.7