Apalis chirindensis (Chirinda apalis) 

Gryskleinjantjie [Afrikaans]; Chirinda-apalis [Dutch]; Apalis de Chirinda [French]; Selinds feinsänger [German]; Apalis de Chirinda [Portuguese]

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Distribution and habitat

Endemic to southern Africa, occurring in Zimbabwe's eastern highlands and central Mozambique. It generally prefers montane forest at quite high altitudes, although it may head to lowland forest in winter.

Distribution of Chirinda apalis in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).


It mainly eats insects, such as beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars and flies (Diptera). It often joins mixed-species foraging flocks, gleaning prey from leaves and branches in the tree canopy.


  • Then nest is a untidy dome with a side entrance and false entrance on the top, built of leaves, lichens, ferns and seed cases. It is typically placed on a small, moss-covered branch, usually around 20 metres above ground.
  • Egg-laying season is from October-February.


Not threatened, although it may be at risk from extensive clearance of lowland forest.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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