French: Apalis à ailes blanches German: Spiegelfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis aliblanco
Mitole, lower Tana River, east Kenya.
Shows some affinities to A. jacksoni. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. chariessa
Reichenow, 1879 – lower R Tana, in E Kenya (possibly extinct).
A. c. macphersoni
Vincent, 1934 – highland forests in C & S Tanzania, S Malawi and adjacent N Mozambique (Mt Chiperone).
12–13 cm. A very bright-plumaged apalis with very long and strongly graduated tail; sexes relatively highly dimorphic. Male nominate race has glossy black crown, face... read more
Male song a lively “tee-lu tee-lu”, usually delivered in duet with female, “tee-... read more
Canopy and edges of lowland, riverine and mid-altitude forests, secondary forest, also gardens.... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects; chicks in Malawi fed almost entirely with beetle larvae (Coleoptera). Usually in pairs, but four seen in mixed-species... read more
Breeds Oct–Jan. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial all year. Nest an oval bag with side entrance at top, made of beard lichen... read more
Resident; some local dispersal. An exceptional record of singing male at Dzonze, in Kirk Mts,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Previously considered Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA and East... read more
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