Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Apalis (Apalis jacksoni)


French: Apalis à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Feinsänger Spanish: Apalis gorjinegro

Apalis jacksoni


, 1891,

Mount Elgon, west Kenya


Shows some affinities to A. chariessa. Race albimentalis often merged with nominate, but is geographically remote and has some subtle plumage differences. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. j. bambuluensis Serle, 1949 – SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon highlands.
  • A. j. minor Ogilvie-Grant, 1917 – S Cameroon, N Gabon, NW Congo, SW Central African Republic and N DRCongo.
  • A. j. jacksoni Sharpe, 1891 – S South Sudan, E DRCongo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and N Tanzania.
  • A. j. albimentalis Meise, 1958 – N Angola.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 6–10 g. A fairly large forest apalis with striking face pattern, bright yellow underparts and long and strongly graduated tail. Male nominate race has grey crown... read more


    Song a monotonous series of rather musical “whoi” or “tru” notes, at 2–4 notes per second.... read more


    Montane forest, edges of forest clearings, secondary forest and coffee forest, mainly at 1000... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet insects and other invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), flies (... read more


    Feb–Jun in DRCongo, Angola and E Africa, and Jul–Oct in SW Cameroon, at end of rains. Probably monogamous; solitary,... read more


    Presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs at densities of up to 0·2 pairs/ha in dryland forest on Odzala Plateau, in PRCongo, and 0·2 birds/ha in Bwindi... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Black-throated Apalis (Apalis jacksoni). 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 17 September 2019).