Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)


Usambara Akalat (Sheppardia montana)


French: Rougegorge des Usambara German: Usambararötel Spanish: Akelat de los Usambara

Alethe montana


, 1907,

Usambara, Tanzania


Formerly allocated to genus Dryocichloides along with S. lowei, with which it was at one time considered conspecific. Has also been placed in Alethe. Monotypic.


W Usambara Mts, in NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 15–26 g. Plumage is dark brownish-olive above, slightly paler on mantle to back, dark rufous-brown rump and tail, dark brown wings; whitish preorbital... read more


Song or subsong a series of long thin notes on one pitch, “ii siibii ii hii-hii ii siibii hii... read more


Montane forest: in undergrowth, thickets and degraded areas with partial canopy, at 1600–2300... read more

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates. Forages mainly on ground, tossing aside leaves; also sallies from low perch to take prey from ground, trunks, lianas... read more


Breeding-condition birds and juveniles Oct–Mar, most Nov–Dec. No other information.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Common to locally abundant within very small area of occupancy (c. 140 km²), but... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Usambara Akalat (Sheppardia montana). 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 28 February 2020).