Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Kungwe Apalis (Apalis argentea)


Taxonomy

French: Apalis de Moreau German: Kungwefeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Moreau
Taxonomy:

Apalis argentea

Moreau

, 1941,

Ujamba, Mount Kungwe [= Mount Mahale], west Tanzania

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Mostly treated as a race of A. rufogularis since “tape playback experiments” evidently produced a response in the race eidos; nevertheless, differs in its white vs pale rufous throat in female (3); paler, greyer upperparts in both sexes (1); bill, on combined published evidence#R#R and limited sampling in NHMUK, rather longer (allow 1); and (based on single publicly available recording and despite claims to the contrary#R) decidedly stronger, less stridulating song (3). Fuller vocal sampling will therefore help determine whether subspecies status might be more appropriate for present species, but a precautionary interpretation of the sparse evidence marginally favours species rank. Race eidos synonymized with nominate in some treatments#R#R#R but upperparts appear shaded greener in limited NHMUK material, so provisionally retained here. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. eidos J. L. Peters & Loveridge, 1942 – locally in E DRCongo (Idjwi I, in L Kivu), Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest) and Burundi (Kibira and Bururi Forests).
  • A. a. argentea Moreau, 1941 – W Tanzania (Mt Mahale, R Lukolansala at 1350 m and R Katuma near Mpanda)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm. A rather nondescript, grey forest apalis with fairly short and strongly graduated tail. Male nominate race has forecrown and lores pale whitish-grey, rest of... read more

    Voice

    Male song “prui-tju prui-tju prui-tju…” or “prui prui prui…”, sometimes accompanied by female... read more

    Habitat

    Montane forest and forest edge, often where there is bamboo (nominate race). In Nyungwe (Rwanda)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects. Forages singly, in pairs or in small groups of 4–6 individuals (up to 20 on Idjwi I); joins mixed-species... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly known. Young being fed in nest in late Mar in Burundi; probably breeds Jun–Jul on Idjwi I, in L Kivu (males with enlarged... read more

    Movements

    Little known; presumably resident. Some specimens collected at 1200 m away from Mt Mahale may... read more

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED, although currently considered as a race of Apalis rufogularis by BirdLife International. Restricted-range species: present in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2017). Kungwe Apalis (Apalis argentea). 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 http://www.hbw.com/node/58677 on 23 June 2017).