Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Chapin's Apalis (Apalis chapini)


French: Apalis de Chapin German: Chapinfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Chapin

Apalis chapini


, 1928,

Nyingwa, Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania


See A. kaboboensis. Form described as Artisornis metopias bensoni is a synonym of race strausae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. chapini Friedmann, 1928 – highlands of C Tanzania.
  • A. c. strausae Boulton, 1931 – S Tanzania, NE Zambia and N & C Malawi.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 8–10 g. A grey forest apalis with rich chestnut face, throat and breast. Nominate race has crown and upper­parts slate-grey, rufous wash on uppertail-coverts... read more


    Sings all year. In Tanzania, both sexes of nominate race have high-pitched, sibilant “psi-psi... read more


    Canopy of montane forest; usually confined to closed-canopy forest, but occasionally in riverine... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects. Usually occurs in pairs or small family parties. Forages by gleaning from foliage, searching leaves and twigs.


    Nests Oct–Jan. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial; one pair in small forest patch on Nyika Plateau (Malawi) defended a... read more


    Little known; presumably mostly resident. Perhaps some altitudinal movement in winter: one pair and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Locally common. Occurs at density of 0·16 pairs/ha (0·48 birds/ha) in the... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Chapin's Apalis (Apalis chapini). 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 23 September 2019).