IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

Distribution

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Range Description

Sheppardia gunningi occurs as four subspecies in scattered forests in south-east Kenya (Nemeth 1996, Bennun and Njoroge 1999, Matiku et al. 1999, Nemeth and Bennun 1999, Oyugi and Amutete 1999), eastern Tanzania(Evans 1997b, Archer and Iles 1998, N. Baker in litt. 1999, Seddon et al. 1999a, Mlingwa et al. in press), northern Malawi (Dowsett-Lemaire 1989) and Mozambique (Clancey 1996). The area of occupied suitable habitat may total less than 1,000 km2, given that it totals c.470 km2 outside Mozambique. At least 7,500 pairs occur in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (Kenya) alone (Nemeth 1996, Matiku et al. 1999, Nemeth and Bennun 1999). This population appears to be stable (C. Jackson in litt. 2006, P. Matiku in litt. 2006) and recent records of juveniles (possible dispersers) outside the principal forest block suggest it may be near carrying capacity. The population at Chinizuia in Mozambique may have been extirpated through deforestation (C. Spottiswoode in litt. 2006). A new population has recently been discovered at Mt Mabu in Mozambique (C. Spottiswoode in litt. 2006). In Tanzania the species is under severe pressure: the largest population is thought to occur in Ruvu South Forest Reserve; a long isolated population in the Nguu Mts is small and under pressure; the population in Jozani forest on Zanzibar occupies a tiny habitat; a population discovered in Nyumburuni Forest Reserve in 2003 was under severe pressure at the time of discovery despite an IUCN programme in Rufiji District, and a plantation of Mvule on the Rondo Plateau which supports a healthy population of akalats was under threat of being clear felled (N. Baker and E. Baker in litt. 2007).

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