Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)


Mozambique Forest-warbler (Artisornis sousae)


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

Apalis moreaui sousae


, 1945,

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


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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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


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


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


Nothing known.


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 on 20 August 2019).