Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Black-collared Apalis (Apalis pulchra) - HBW 11, p. 480

French: Apalis à col noir German: Schmuckfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis Cuellinegro

Taxonomy: Apalis pulchra Sharpe, 1891, Mount Elgon, Kenya.
Forms a superspecies with A. ruwenzorii and sometimes treated as conspecific; the two may be better placed together in a separate genus. Present species often considered closely related to A. thoracica, but differs in having ten (not twelve) rectrices and is genetically quite distinct. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pulchra Sharpe, 1891 - SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon highlands, NE DRCongo, S Sudan, SE Uganda and SW Kenya.
  • murphyi Chapin, 1932 - Marungu Mts, in SE DRCongo.