Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Kabobo Apalis (Apalis kaboboensis)


French: Apalis du Kabobo German: Kabobofeinsänger Spanish: Apalis del Kabobo

Apalis kaboboensis


, 1955,

Mount Kabobo, east DRCongo


Sometimes treated as conspecific with A. porphyrolaema and A. chapini. Differs from morphologically closer A. porphyrolaema by its grey vs chestnut throat (3); deeper grey breast in male (1); female dissimilar from male (unlike in porphyrolaema) by its paler (greyish-white) throat (1); male slightly paler and more olive above (ns[1]); juvenile yellowish-olive vs creamy-buff on throat (ns[1]); smaller size with shorter wing and tail (effect size for male wing –2.24 and tail –2.26, score 2). Monotypic.

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Mt Kabobo, in E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. A grey, forest-canopy apalis with blackish throat and breast, tail fairly long and graduated. Male has head and upperparts blackish-slate, tail blackish, narrowly... read more


A dry, buzzy trill, similar to that of A. porphyrolaema.


Canopy of montane forest, at 1600–2480 m.

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known; mainly insects. Gleans from leaves and branches.


Poorly known; probably breeds Oct–Nov. No other information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Data-deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. No recent information on this species’ status, or that of its forest habitat. Was... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Kabobo Apalis (Apalis kaboboensis). 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 10 April 2020).