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East Coast Akalat
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Common Name Gunning's Robin
Range east of Africa from Kenya to Mozambique.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Muscicapidae
Genus Sheppardia
Species Sheppardia gunningi
Conservation Status
Near Threatened

The East coast akalat or Gunning's robin (Sheppardia gunningi), is a species of akalat in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in the east of Africa from Kenya to Mozambique. It is named after J. W. B. Gunning.

This species is a forest-dwelling insectivorous bird related to the small Old World flycatchers commonly known as chats; like these, it was formerly placed with the thrushes (Turdidae).

The east coast akalat is affected by habitat loss. Having turned out to be more common than previously believed, it is downlisted from Vulnerable to Near Threatened in the 2007 IUCN Red List.