French: Apalis de Chapin German: Chapinfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Chapin
Nyingwa, Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania
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.
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
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