Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Namuli Apalis (Apalis lynesi)


French: Apalis de Lynes German: Namulifeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Lynes

Apalis lynesi


, 1933,

Mount Namuli, north Mozambique


Until recently, treated as conspecific with A. thoracica, along with A. flavigularis and A. fuscigularis (which see); present species differs from nearest geographical neighbour A. flavigularis by its grey vs sooty head and cheeks (2); black chin to breast, extending below normal thoracica-complex breast-line area (3); sexual dimorphism in different places (throat/breast pattern vs crown pattern) (ns[1]); greatly reduced white in tail (2); from nominate A. thoracica by its stronger grey head (ns[1]); stronger greenish back (2); black chin to breast (3); bright yellow vs white shading to yellowish lower underparts (2); and from morphologically closest A. t. uluguru by its grey vs brown-to-pale-brown top of head and ear-coverts (2); lores concolorous with throat vs crown (2); black chin to breast (lower than position of bar in uluguru) (3); more white in tail (ns[1]); sexual dimorphism (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Mt Namuli, in N Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 10–12 g. A forest apalis. Male has dark grey crown, merging across nape into dark olive-green upperparts; flight-feathers blackish-brown with greenish... read more


Male song a series of loud, monotonous “preep” notes, female calls faster and higher-pitched;... read more


Canopy and edges of montane forest and secondary growth, at 1100–2000 m.

Food and feeding

Diet consists mainly of small insects. Forages by gleaning leaves and small branches.


One nest found under construction in Nov: incomplete nest an oval with side entrance at top, woven from rootlets, fine herbaceous stems,... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Total population in excess of 5000... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Namuli Apalis (Apalis lynesi). 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 23 February 2020).