Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema)


Taxonomy

French: Apalis à gorge marron German: Bergfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis gorjicastaño
Taxonomy:

Apalis porphyrolaema

Reichenow and Neumann

, 1895,

Eldama, Mau, Kenya

.

See A. kaboboensis. Race affinis often subsumed into nominate#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. porphyrolaema Reichenow & Neumann, 1895 – E DRCongo, W Rwanda, Burundi, E Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • A. p. affinis Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – SW Uganda.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; male 7–11 g, female 7–10 g. A grey apalis of forest canopy, having chestnut throat and fairly long and graduated tail. Nominate race has crown and... read more

    Voice

    Song a distinctive, high-pitched trill, “trrreeeeeeee” or “cha-rrrreeeeeee... read more

    Habitat

    Confined to Afrotropical highlands biome; occurs in montane forest, gallery forest and edges, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet insects and other small invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), hymenopterans, flies (Diptera) and... read more

    Breeding

    Evidence of breeding activity in Apr–Aug in DRCongo, Jul–Sept in Rwanda and Dec–Mar in Kenya. Territorial. No other... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common. Average density 1·8 birds/ha in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in Uganda.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema). 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/58672 on 21 August 2019).