Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Gabela Akalat (Sheppardia gabela)


French: Rougegorge de Gabela German: Gabelarötel Spanish: Akelat de Gabela

Muscicapa gabela


, 1957,

15 km south of Gabela, Angola


Has been proposed for its own subgenus Gabelatrix. Monotypic.


Forest escarpment between Gabela and Seles (including Kumbira Forest), WC Angola#R.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 11 g. Has brownish-olive head to lower back, rustier rump, dark brown tail with more olive fringes, dark brown wings; buffy lores and eyering; whitish throat... read more


Presumed song a series of soft, simple descending whistles.


Primary forest where understorey densest, secondary forest with tangled patches of vegetation, and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Sits motionless for long periods, sallying to glean invertebrates from foliage and branches in undergrowth.


Breeding-condition birds Sept, juveniles trapped Jan; season doubtless coincides with local rainy season, Sept–Dec. No other... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Western Angola EBA. Known only from 60-km stretch of escarpment between Gabela and Seles. Global population in range 1000... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Gabela Akalat (Sheppardia gabela). 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 18 September 2019).