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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).

    Southern Rift montane forest-grassland mosaic 2008

  • Other threatened forest bird species occurring are the spotted ground thrush (Zoothera guttata, EN) and the white-winged apalis (Apalis chariessa, VU).

    South Malawi montane forest-grassland mosaic 2008

  • 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.

    East Sudanian savanna 2009

  • 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.

    Eastern Zimbabwe montane forest-grassland mosaic 2008

  • 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).

    Biological diversity in Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany 2008

  • 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).

    Western Guinean lowland forests 2008

  • The Chirinda apalis is restricted to the deep forest whereas Roberts’ prinia is found on the forest margins.

    Eastern Zimbabwe montane forest-grassland mosaic 2008

  • 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).

    Guinean montane forests 2007


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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