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These include the near-endemic white-eyed prinia Prinia leontica (VU), the grey-winged robinchat Cossypha polioptera, lemon dove Columba larvata, Sharp's apalis Apalis sharpei, whitenecked rockfowl Picathartes gymnocephalus (VU) and Nimba flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae (VU), A detailed account of birds in Liberian Nimba is given in Coston & Curry-Lindahl (1986).
Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire 2008
Among the 18 birds considered endemic or near-endemic, only one is entirely restricted to this ecoregion, the Namuli apalis (Apalis lynesi, VU).
Other threatened forest bird species occurring are the spotted ground thrush (Zoothera guttata, EN) and the white-winged apalis (Apalis chariessa, VU).
Species with limited distributions include the Taita thrush (Turdus helleri, CR) and Taita apalis (Apalis fuscigularis, CR) which only occur in a few square kilometers of forest in the Taita hills.
Eastern Arc forests 2007
The near-endemic Karamoja apalis (Apalis karamojae) is found elsewhere in East Africa, while two other near-endemic species, the white-crowned robin-chat (Cossypha albicapilla) and Dorst’s cisticola (Cisticola dorsti, DD) are shared with the West Sudanian Savanna ecoregion.
Two endemics, the Chirinda apalis (Apalis chirindensis) and Roberts’ prinia (Prinia robertsi), and one rare near-endemic Swynnertons Robin (Swynnertonia swynnertonia VU) occur in this ecoregion.
The hotspot is part of BirdLife International’s Southeast African Coast Endemic Bird Area, with four restricted-range species: Rudd’s apalis (Apalis ruddi), pink-throated twinspot (Hypargos margaritatus), Neergaard’s sunbird (Nectarinia neergaardi) and lemon-breasted seedeater (Serinus citrinipectus).
Other threatened and candidate threatened species found at this site include chimpanzees, yellow-casqued hornbill (Ceratogymna elata), Sharpe’s apalis (Apalis sharpii) and red-cheeked wattle eye (Platysteira blissetti).
The Chirinda apalis is restricted to the deep forest whereas Roberts’ prinia is found on the forest margins.
The avifauna of Mount Nimba has been well described and includes the near-endemic Sierra Leone prinia, the grey-winged robin-chat (Cossypha polioptera), and lemon dove (Columba larvata), and Sharp’s apalis (Apalis sharpii).
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Small passerine birds found in forests, woodlands, and scrub across most parts of sub-Saharan Africa. There are at least 21 species of apalis. They have long tails and have a slender bill for catching insects. Apalises are typically brown, grey, or green above; several species have brightly coloured underparts. Males and females have similar appearance, but males are usually brighter.
December 20, 2007