Justification of Red List category
This species is experiencing a rapid decline due to the ongoing loss and degradation of its forest habitat. It is therefore classified as Vulnerable.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common, even in small forest patches (del Hoyo et al. 2006, Cizek 2009).
This highly forest dependent species is suspected to be in decline owing to habitat loss and fragmentation. Tree cover loss within the range is currently estimated at around 35% across ten years (Global Forest Watch 2021, using Hansen et al.  data and methods disclosed therein). Assuming that forest loss is continuing at this rate and that population declines are roughly equivalent to the rate of forest loss, the species may be declining at around 30-35% over ten years.
This species occurs in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
This species is mostly confined to montane forest up to 2,200 m, although is sporadically below 1,000 m (Jackson 1973, Ryan 2020).
The main threat to this species is ongoing habitat loss and degradation. The species is highly forest dependent, and tree cover loss within the range is currently estimated at around 35% across ten years (Global Forest Watch 2021, using Hansen et al.  data and methods disclosed therein).
Conservation Actions Underway
The species occurs within a number of protected areas.
Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey to resolve a more detailed distribution of this species, and produce a robust population estimate.
Text account compilers
Butchart, S. & Ekstrom, J.
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Apalis chirindensis. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/chirinda-apalis-apalis-chirindensis on 11/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 11/12/2023.