Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Equatorial Akalat (Sheppardia aequatorialis)


French: Rougegorge équatorial German: Ugandarötel Spanish: Akelat ecuatorial

Callene æquatorialis

F. J. Jackson

, 1906,

Kericho, Lumbwa, Kenya


Previously treated as conspecific with S. cyornithopsis. Proposed race pallidigularis (described from Nandi, SW Kenya) included in nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. acholiensis Macdonald, 1940 – Imatong Mts, in S South Sudan.
  • S. a. aequatorialis (F. J. Jackson, 1906) – E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda, W Burundi and W Kenya.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 12–18 g. Very like allopatric nominate race of S. cyorni­thopsis; separable from sympatric lowland race lopezi of latter by... read more


    Song described variously as 7 slow, subdued notes, equal-pitched except second much higher, and as... read more


    Middle strata and open lower canopy of primary montane forest, breeding mainly at 1500–2100 m... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, such as moths, beetles, orthopterans, bugs, flies, wasps, ants (not army ants), spiders and small millipedes. Forages in... read more


    Jan, Apr and Nov in Sudan; Oct–May and possibly throughout year in DRCongo; breeding-condition bird Apr in Uganda; breeding-condition... read more


    Some altitudinal movement, perhaps largely dispersal by subadults, in parts of Kivu province (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant, but often remarkably silent and inconspicuous. Present in various reserves, including Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Equatorial Akalat (Sheppardia aequatorialis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).