Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema)


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

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


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


    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


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



    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 on 21 August 2019).