French: Apalis de Chirinda German: Chirindafeinsänger Spanish: Apalis del Chirinda
Chirinda Forest, east Zimbabwe
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. vumbae
Roberts, 1936 – E highlands of Zimbabwe (Nyanga S to Bvumba).
A. c. chirindensis
Shelley, 1906 – E highlands of Zimbabwe (S of Bvumba) and adjacent Mozambique, including Mt Gorongosa and Mt Chiperone.
11–13 cm; 7–11 g. A rather nondescript grey apalis of forest canopy, with long and graduated tail; lacks sharp contrast between upperparts and underparts,... read more
Male song a loud, strident series of evenly spaced “swik” notes, repeated monotonously up to 200... read more
Middle-altitude and montane forest at up to 2200 m, mostly above 1200 m, but occasionally moving to... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including small beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and flies (Diptera). Occurs in pairs or small family... read more
Breeds Oct–Feb, mainly Nov–Dec. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial throughout year. Nest dome-shaped, with side... read more
Mainly sedentary, but some movement to lower altitudes in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains EBA. Locally common. Recently discovered at 1200 m on Mt Chiperoni, in N Mozambique,... read more
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