Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Endangered

Mozambique Forest-warbler (Artisornis sousae)


Taxonomy

French: Apalis de Sousa German: Rostkopf-Feinsänger Spanish: Sastrecillo de Sousa
Taxonomy:

Apalis moreaui sousae

Benson

, 1945,

Njesi Plateau, 10 miles [c. 16 km] north of Unango, northern Mozambique

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Hitherto considered conspecific with A. moreaui, but differs in its dull brownish (slightly brighter on frons) vs dull rufous-tinged olive-grey forehead, lores and ear-coverts (2), vaguely olivaceous vs olive-grey upperparts (1), greyer underparts, notably on breast and flanks (1), shorter bill (1), longer wing and tail (1), use of canopy vs undergrowth#R#R (1). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Njesi Plateau, in N Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 8·5–10·4 g. An inconspicuous long-billed, long-tailed dark grey-brown warbler; very long and slender bill relatively wide at base.... read more

Voice

Song only recently sound-recorded, is also rhythmic and almost mechanical, like A. moreaui... read more

Habitat

Riparian and tall evergreen forest. Occurs at c. 1430–1850 m and all records are from midstorey and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet presumably is mainly insects. Sometimes accompanies mixed-species flocks. Forages by searching foliage in canopy. Works its way up... read more

Breeding

Nothing known.

Movements

Presumably resident. Recent survey work has established that mean territory size is 1531 m².

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Confined to Njesi Plateau plus adjacent Mt Sanga and Mt Chitagal, in NE Mozambique, where... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Mozambique Forest-warbler (Artisornis sousae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343877 on 20 August 2019).