French: Apalis à face noire German: Kivufeinsänger Spanish: Apalis carinegro
Other common names: Mountain Masked Apalis, Mountain Apalis
Sometimes treated as conspecific with A. binotata. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. p. personata
Sharpe, 1902 – NE & E DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
A. p. marungensis
Chapin, 1932 – Marungu Plateau, in SE DRCongo.
11–12 cm; 9–12 g. A dark-headed forest apalis with white spot on neck side, fairly short tail. Male nominate race has head blackish, large white spot on side of... read more
Male call a series of dry notes, “chirrupip chirrupip chirrupip…”, more distinctly... read more
Montane and gallery forests, secondary forest and edges of clearings. Above 1500 m (up to 2800 m)... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects, including small beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and other small larvae. Occurs in pairs or small family... read more
Breeds Mar–Aug, although some adults in breeding condition in Nov in Rwanda. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. No further... read more
Presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Locally common. Average density 3·7 birds/ha in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda... read more
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