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Bocage's Akalat - BirdForum Opus

Sheppardia bocagei

Alternative name: Bocage's Robin

Photo © by safariranger
Kapishya Hot Springs, Zambia, July 2006


13–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Dark grey crown
  • Light greyish lores
  • White supraloral stripe
  • Tawny-olive mantle to rump
  • Brown wings
  • Brownish tail


Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Tanzania, Zambia


This species formerly included Short-tailed Akalat.


Clements recognizes three subspecies[1].

  • S. b. bocagei:
  • S. b. ilyai:
  • S. b. chapini:


Lowland and montane forests and swamps.



The diet consists of insects such as beetles, flies, bugs and cockroaches.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)

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