Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Gosling's Apalis (Apalis goslingi)


French: Apalis de Gosling German: Flussfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Gosling

Apalis goslingi


, 1908,

Guruba River, Upper Uele, DRCongo


Has sometimes been considered conspecific with A. sharpii and A. bamendae. Monotypic.


S Cameroon, SW Central African Republic, NE Gabon, N Congo, DRCongo and NE Angola.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. A fairly small, grey apalis with short, mainly dark brownish-grey tail. Male has grey crown and upperparts, tinged brown except on rump, which is slightly paler grey;... read more


Song a monotonous series of 6–10 “twit” notes or faster “twit-it-it-it-it…”.


Confined to Guinea-Congo forests biome; occurs in lowland forest along rivers, forest edge and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects and other invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), small mantids (Mantodea), caterpillars (... read more


Probably breeds Apr–Aug in PRCongo and DRCongo; Jan–Feb in Cameroon. Territorial, probably throughout year; pair vigorously... read more


Little known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon in many areas, but locally common in N PRCongo.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Gosling's Apalis (Apalis goslingi). 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 17 September 2019).