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Grey-winged Robin-Chat - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Grey-winged Akalat

Photo © by Steve G
Kakamega, Kenya, 31 July 2011
Sheppardia polioptera

Cossypha polioptera


14–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Slaty-grey crown
  • Olive-brown mantle
  • Darker wings have olive-brown edges
  • Rufous rump


Western Africa: found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. p. nigriceps:
Sierra Leone to northern Cameroon
  • S. p. tessmanni:
  • Eastern Cameroon
  • S. p. polioptera:


Lowland and submontane evergreen, riverine and gallery forests.



Their diet consists of a variety of insects, such as beetles, ants, moths and caterpillars.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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