French: Apalis à col noir German: Schmuckfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis cuellinegro
Mount Elgon, Kenya.
Sometimes treated as conspecific with O. ruwenzorii. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
O. p. pulcher
(Sharpe, 1891) – SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon highlands, NE DRCongo, S South Sudan, E Uganda and SW Kenya.
O. p. murphyi
(Chapin, 1932) – Marungu Mts, in SE DRCongo.
12–13 cm; male 7–12 g, female 6–10 g. A dark grey and white apalis with bold black breastband. Nominate race has dark slate-grey face, crown and upperparts... read more
Song a series of rather plaintive “dzeew dzeew dzeew dzeew” or shorter, faster “peht-peht-peht”,... read more
Confined to Afrotropical highlands biome; occurs in understorey and edges of montane forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including small mantids (Mantodea), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and... read more
Breeds mainly in Dec–Mar dry season, with a few nests recorded May–Jun, in SW Cameroon; in long and short rains, Nov–Apr... read more
Presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common.
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