French: Apalis à tête brune German: Braunkopf-Feinsänger Spanish: Apalis cabecipardo
Nyasaland (Malawi) = Isoka, Zambia
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.
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
Male song a dry, monotonously repeated “krrip” or “krrip-ip”, lower-pitched and slower than most... read more
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
Breeds Sept–Feb. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial throughout year; pairs in small adjacent forest patches defend mutually... read more
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.
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