Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Kungwe Apalis (Apalis argentea)


French: Apalis de Moreau German: Kungwefeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Moreau

Apalis argentea


, 1941,

Ujamba, Mount Kungwe [= Mount Mahale], west Tanzania


Mostly treated as a race of A. rufogularis since “tape playback experiments” evidently produced a response in the race eidos; nevertheless, differs in its white vs pale rufous throat in female (3); paler, greyer upperparts in both sexes (1); bill, on combined published evidence#R#R and limited sampling in NHMUK, rather longer (allow 1); and substantial differences regarding song#R (3). Race eidos synonymized with nominate in some treatments#R#R#R but upperparts appear shaded greener in limited NHMUK material, so provisionally retained here. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. eidos J. L. Peters & Loveridge, 1942 – locally in E DRCongo (Idjwi I, in L Kivu), Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest) and Burundi (Kibira and Bururi Forests).
  • A. a. argentea Moreau, 1941 – W Tanzania (Mt Mahale, R Lukolansala at 1350 m and R Katuma near Mpanda)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm. A rather nondescript, grey forest apalis with fairly short and strongly graduated tail. Male nominate race has forecrown and lores pale whitish-grey, rest of... read more


    Male song “prui-tju prui-tju prui-tju…” or “prui prui prui…”, sometimes accompanied by female... read more


    Montane forest and forest edge, often where there is bamboo (nominate race). In Nyungwe (Rwanda)... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects. Forages singly, in pairs or in small groups of 4–6 individuals (up to 20 on Idjwi I); joins mixed-species... read more


    Poorly known. Young being fed in nest in late Mar in Burundi; probably breeds Jun–Jul on Idjwi I, in L Kivu (males with enlarged... read more


    Little known; presumably resident. Some specimens collected at 1200 m away from Mt Mahale may... read more

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED, although currently considered as a race of Apalis rufogularis by BirdLife International. Restricted-range species: present in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Kungwe Apalis (Apalis argentea). 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).