Kabobo Apalis Apalis kaboboensis


Justification of Red List category
This species has a small population which is believed to be declining due to ongoing habitat degradation. It is therefore classified as Vulnerable.

Population justification
The global population size has been estimated to be 4,130 individuals (Dewhurst, 2019), roughly equating to 2,767 mature individuals, and placed here in the 2,500-9,999 band.

Trend justification
There is no direct information regarding the population trend. However, the habitat in the Albertine Rift is subject to ongoing land-use change resulting from agriculture and subsistence activities of an expanding human population (Ryan, 2017). In the face of continuing habitat degradation, the population is inferred to be in decline.

Distribution and population

A. kaboboensis is known only from Mt Kabobo, west of Lake Tanganyika, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where suitable habitat covers no more than 2,000 km2.


A. kaboboensis is found in the canopy of montane forest, where it has been recorded between 1,600 and 2,480 m (Ryan 2016).


Habitat clearance for agriculture and subsistence activities may be affecting this species.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Investigate current habitat trends to get a better idea of the level of threat to this species. Protect its remaining habitat.


Text account compilers
Clark, J.

Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Gilroy, J. & Westrip, J.R.S.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Apalis kaboboensis. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/12/2023.