Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Sharpe's Akalat (Sheppardia sharpei)


French: Rougegorge de Sharpe German: Braunbruströtel Spanish: Akelat de Sharpe

Callene sharpei


, 1903,

Masisi Hill


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. usambarae Macdonald, 1940 – Usambaras, Nguru Mts and Mt Nilo, in EC Tanzania.
  • S. s. sharpei (Shelley, 1903) – C & S Tanzania, N Malawi and adjacent NE Zambia.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 12–15 g. Nominate race is brownish-olive above with short creamy supercilium, wings and tail dull brown; chin to breast and flanks orange-buff, latter paler with... read more


    Song a simple thin reedy tinkling “chii chiddly chiddly”, accelerating at end and much-repeated.... read more


    Dense understorey thickets of shrubs and creepers near running water in montane forest, especially... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates. Forages on ground, turning over leaf litter (in one observation co-operatively), and from low perch, dropping to ground or... read more


    In Tanzania, breeding-condition birds Feb and copulation Jun in N, season Sept–Nov in S; Oct–Dec in Malawi. Nest an open deep... read more


    Recorded in dry season (Jul–Aug) down to 600 m in Mwanihana Forest and Amani-Sigi Forest, in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Frequent to locally common. Population of 25–30 pairs in 75-ha forest (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). Sharpe's Akalat (Sheppardia sharpei). 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).