French: Apalis couturière German: Rotkappensänger Spanish: Sastrecillo africano
Other common names:
Usambara Mountains, north-east Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. metopias
(Reichenow, 1907) – Usambara Mts and Nguru Mts, in NE Tanzania.
A. m. altus
(Friedmann, 1927) – Uluguru Mts, in E Tanzania.
A. m. pallidus
Ripley & Heinrich, 1966 – mountains of SC Tanzania and N Mozambique (Njesi Plateau).
10 cm; 7–10 g. A small, rufous-headed warbler with relatively long bill. Nominate race has most of head and neck rufous-chestnut, becoming whitish on centre of throat;... read more
Song often a duet, one bird uttering monotonous repeated “swee-swee-swee” or thinner, higher “... read more
Dense, wet forest undergrowth, especially with tree-ferns, and along forest edge, including pine (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small invertebrates, chiefly insects. Often in pairs or family groups; sometimes joins mixed-species parties. Forages low down... read more
Breeds Dec–Feb. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest pouch of living leaves, sewn together in typical tailorbird fashion... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Locally common. Populations appear to be stable, with exception of that in Amani... read more
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