Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Sharpe's Apalis (Apalis sharpii)


French: Apalis de Sharpe German: Kurzschwanz-Feinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Sharpe

Apalis sharpii


, 1884,



Has sometimes been considered conspecific with A. bamendae and A. goslingi. Monotypic.


Upper Guinea forests from Sierra Leone E to Ghana.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 7–11 g. A dark grey canopy-dwelling apalis with marked sexual dimorphism. Male has blackish-grey head and upperparts, dark grey tail with narrow creamy-white... read more


Calls constantly, even in heat of day. Male song a series of 5–25 dry “chivi”... read more


Lowland forest, including moist forest and dry deciduous forest; also gallery forest and well-... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects, including small beetles (Coleoptera), mantids (Mantodea), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera).... read more


Nesting Nov–Jun (mainly Feb–Mar), avoiding only height of rainy season in Sierra Leone. Probably monogamous; solitary,... read more


Little known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Fairly common in remnant forests in Ghana, but almost entirely confined to protected... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Sharpe's Apalis (Apalis sharpii). 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 19 September 2019).