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East Coast Akalat

Sheppardia gunningi

The East Coast Akalat, also known as Gunning's Robin, is a diminutive passerine bird that graces the eastern African landscape from Kenya to Mozambique. This species, named in honor of J. W. B. Gunning, is a member of the Muscicapidae family, which includes the small Old World flycatchers and chats. It was once classified with the thrushes under the Turdidae family.

Identification Tips

Observers should note the East Coast Akalat's modest size and its relationship to the chats, which may aid in distinguishing it from other forest inhabitants.

Habitat

This bird is a denizen of the forest, where it flits through the understory in search of sustenance.

Distribution

The East Coast Akalat's range extends from the coastal regions of Kenya down through to the verdant landscapes of Mozambique.

Behaviour

As an insectivorous bird, the East Coast Akalat exhibits behaviors typical of its diet, actively foraging within its forested home.

Conservation status

The East Coast Akalat has been affected by habitat loss, leading to concerns about its continued survival. However, it has proven to be more common than previously believed. In 2007, the IUCN Red List downlisted the species from Vulnerable to Near Threatened, reflecting a cautiously optimistic outlook for its future.

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Nathan Mixon
04 Sep 2023 - 6:19am
Kenya

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