Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Bamenda Apalis (Apalis bamendae)


French: Apalis de Bamenda German: Bamendafeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Bamenda

Apalis bamendae


, 1922,

between Bamenda and Dschang, south-west Cameroon


Has sometimes been considered conspecific with A. sharpii and A. goslingi. Apparently closely related to A. rufogularis; the two have largely non-overlapping ranges, replacing each other within 1–2 km. Monotypic.


SW & C Cameroon (Bamenda Highlands S of 6° N, Adamawa Plateau) and SE Nigeria (Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve#R); probably also extreme W Central African Republic (Yade Hills).

Descriptive notes

12 cm. A dark grey apalis with chestnut throat and fairly short, dark tail. Has frons and face washed chestnut, dark grey crown and upperparts washed olive-brown; upperwing... read more


Male song a series of notes starting with deeper, descending note, “chew chit chit chit chit…”,... read more


Confined to gallery forest in savanna woodland on Adamawa Plateau; occupies wider range of habitats... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects. Forages in canopy and along edges of gallery forest.


No information.


Little known; presumably mostly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Total range covers no more than c. 80,000 km². Locally common throughout its range... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Bamenda Apalis (Apalis bamendae). 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 on 27 February 2020).