Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)


Karamoja Apalis (Apalis karamojae)


French: Apalis du Karamoja German: Karamojafeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Karamoja

Eupirnoides [sic] karamojae

van Someren

, 1921,

Mount Kamalinga, north-east Uganda


Racial identity of birds recently recorded in SW Kenya uncertain, tentatively included in race stronachi; study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. k. karamojae (van Someren, 1921) – locally in NE Uganda (Kanatorok, in Kidepo Valley, and Mt Moroto, Mt Kamalinga and Mt Kadam).
  • A. k. stronachi Stuart & Collar, 1985 – N Tanzania (Wembere Steppes, Serengeti#R) and SW Kenya (Kedong Valley, Masai Mara#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 8–11 g. A localized grey apalis with distinctive white wingpanel and a relatively long bill. Nominate race is ash-grey above, with short, narrow whitish... read more


    Pair-members sing from perches 2–3 m up, near tops of acacia trees (Acacia), song an... read more


    Acacias and other small trees and shrubs in semi-arid savannas; often along watercourses and in... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably mainly insects. Occurs in pairs or in groups of up to six individuals. Forages by gleaning foliage and... read more


    Pairs with fledged young observed in Jul in Tanzania. One nest and eggs found, but not formally described. No other information.


    Presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Serengeti Plains EBA and North-East Uganda Secondary Area. Appears to be scarce in NE Uganda, but is locally fairly common in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Karamoja Apalis (Apalis karamojae). 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).