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Includes: Alexander's Akalat

Sheppardia poensis



Western Africa: Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Tanzania
African Islands, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)


This species was formerly included within Bocage's Akalat.


Clements recognizes five subspecies[1].

  • S. b. granti:
  • S. b. poensis:
  • S. b. kaboboensis:
  • S. b. schoutedeni:
  • S. b. kungwensis:
  • Western Tanzania (Kungwe-Mahari Mountains)

The subspecies poensis from Bioko is sometimes considered a full species, Alexander's Akalat.





  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/

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