Chestnut-throated apalis

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Chestnut-throated apalis
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Apalis
Species: A. porphyrolaema
Binomial name
Apalis porphyrolaema
Reichenow & Neumann, 1895

The chestnut-throated apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema) is a species of bird in the cisticola family Cisticolidae. The Kabobo apalis, originally described as a distinct species, is usually treated as a subspecies A. p. kaboboensis of the chestnut-throated apalis today. It is itself sometimes considered to be the same species as the Chapin's apalis.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, where it is a species of highland forests above 1600 m.

Description[edit]

The chestnut-throated apalis is a 12 cm long apalis with mostly grey plumage. The nominate subspecies and the subspecies affinis both have chestnut throats, whereas the Kabobo apalis has an entirely grey throat but paler undersides.

Ecology[edit]

The chestnut-throated apalis feeds on insects and other small invertebrates, which are obtained by gleaning from leaves and twigs, hover gleaning and hawking in the air.

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