Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Sharpe's Apalis (Apalis sharpii)


Taxonomy

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

Apalis sharpii

Shelley

, 1884,

Ghana

.

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58675 on 19 September 2019).