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Rubeho Akalat
10 69 212 Sheppardia aurantiithorax
Information
Range Eastern Arc of Tanzania.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Muscicapidae
Genus Sheppardia
Species Sheppardia aurantiithorax
Conservation Status
ENSpecies
Endangered

The Rubeho akalat (Sheppardia aurantiithorax), is a species of akalat in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in Eastern Arc of Tanzania. Akalats trapped in 1989 here were assumed to be an isolated population of Iringa akalat which occurs c. 150 km to the south, but further specimens collected in 2000 led to the description of the bird as a new species. The bird's English name relates to its type locality, Rubeho, Morogoro; the scientific name to the ochraceous colour on its throat and upper breast. The bird's English name relates to its type locality, Rubeho, Morogoro; the scientific name to the ochraceous colour on its throat and upper breast.

The species is thought to be fairly common in montane forests within its small range, but its very limited distribution has let to it being classified as Endangered species in the 2008 IUCN Red List.

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