Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Brown-headed Apalis (Apalis alticola)


Taxonomy

French: Apalis à tête brune German: Braunkopf-Feinsänger Spanish: Apalis cabecipardo
Taxonomy:

Cisticola alticola

Shelley

, 1899,

Nyasaland (Malawi) = Isoka, Zambia

.

See A. cinerea. Race dowsetti is intermediate between nominate and A. cinerea in amount of white in outer tail. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. alticola (Shelley, 1899) – NC Angola, S DRCongo, N Zambia, N Malawi and Tanzania. Presence in SW Kenya disputed#R.
  • A. a. dowsetti Prigogine, 1973 – Marungu Mts, in SE DRCongo.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 10–15 g. A nondescript forest apalis with fairly long tail. Nominate race has crown, lores, cheek and ear-coverts dark brown, upperparts dark grey-brown... read more

    Voice

    Male song a dry, monotonously repeated “krrip” or “krrip-ip”, lower-pitched and slower than most... read more

    Habitat

    Montane forest and secondary growth. Distribution and habitat use often constrained by competition... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects and other invertebrates, including small beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and spiders (Araneae). Occurs... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds Sept–Feb. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial throughout year; pairs in small adjacent forest patches defend mutually... read more

    Movements

    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Locally common. On Nyika Plateau, in Malawi, pairs occupy forest patches as small as 0·5 ha; in larger forest patches, average density is 0·3 pairs/ha.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Brown-headed Apalis (Apalis alticola). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58682 on 17 September 2019).