Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Iringa Akalat (Sheppardia lowei)


French: Rougegorge de l’Iringa German: Njomberötel Spanish: Akelat del Iringa

Alethe lowei

C. H. B. Grant and Mackworth-Praed

, 1941,

Njombe area, southern Tanzania


See comments under S. montana. Monotypic.


Udzungwa Mts S to Livingstone Mts, in CS & SW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 16–21 g. Somewhat resembles S. sharpei in plumage, but structurally rather different, being larger and longer-legged; also with duller, buff underparts... read more


Song or subsong a long series of loud whistles, “wii” or “wrii”, 2 per second, also as a series of... read more


Relatively dry montane forest and thickets, at 1350–2500 m, replacing S. sharpei at... read more

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates. Forages mainly on ground, tossing aside leaves, but also searches among leaf tangles, gleans trunks, lianas and... read more


Breeding-condition birds and juveniles reported during Sept–Feb. No further information available.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Global population placed at over 10,000 mature individuals; considered to be declining owing... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Iringa Akalat (Sheppardia lowei). 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 29 January 2020).