Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Apalis (Apalis nigriceps)


French: Apalis à calotte noire German: Kappenfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis capirotado

Dryodromas nigriceps


, 1873,

Aburi and Akwapim, Ghana


Suggested to belong in Eremomela, but also shows affinities with A. jacksoni; to date, no published genetic data available. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. n. nigriceps (Shelley, 1873) – NE Sierra Leone E to Gabon and SW Central African Republic; also Bioko.
  • A. n. collaris van Someren, 1915 – E DRCongo and Uganda.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 7–10 g. A fairly small, short-tailed forest apalis with dark cap and breastband. Male nominate race has black crown and face, strongly contrasting with white... read more


    Sings constantly (even in heat of day) through year in Sierra Leone, mainly Oct–Mar in Gabon... read more


    Confined to Guinea-Congo forests biome; occurs in primary forest, well-grown secondary forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet insects and other invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and ants (Hymenoptera), and spiders (... read more


    Poorly known; only one nest found, in hanging moss high in tree, nest itself not described. On basis of observations of adults with fledged... read more


    Presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common throughout much of its range.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Black-capped Apalis (Apalis nigriceps). 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 19 September 2019).