This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International.
Sibley, C.G. and Monroe, B.L. 1990. Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Sibley, C.G. and Monroe, B.L. 1993. A supplement to 'Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World'. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Apalis rufogularis and A. argentea (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) have been lumped following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993), who include argentea as a subspecies of A. rufogularis. Examining the literature we find that argentea (with eidos, although it is not entirely clear that these two really belong together) differ from rufogularis in: absence of rufous on throat in female (3); paler grey upperparts (1). Suggestions of differences in habitat preference between sub-montane and montane argentea and rufugularis, for the most part a bird of low- and medium altitude forest, are confounded by the fact that the latter ranges up to 2, 400 m in W Kenya, comparable to the maximum altitude at which argentea has been recorded. The original description, which does not offer a direct comparison with rufigularis, says argentea 'differs from other members of the genus in the relatively more abrupt gradation of its outer tail-feathers', but specimens of rufigularis sensu lato appear to show the same degree of gradation. Dowsett-Lemaire & Dowsett (1990: p97) present sonogram evidence to demonstrate that the songs of argentea from Nyungwe, Rwanda and rufogularis nigrescens from Uganda are identical. On this basis, argentea must be treated as a race of rufogularis.
Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.
Dowsett-Lemaire, F. 1990. Eco-ethology, distribution and status of Nyungwe Forest birds, Rwanda. In: Dowsett, R.J. (ed.), EnquÃªte faunistique et floristique dans la ForÃªt de Nyungwe, Rwanda, pp. 31-85. Tauraco Press, Ely, U.K.
Dowsett, R. J.; Forbes-Watson, A. D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, LiÃ¨ge, Belgium.
Urban, E. K.; Fry, C. H.; Keith, S. 1997. The birds of Africa vol. V. Academic Press, London.
Further web sources of information
View photos and videos and hear sounds of this species from the Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Apalis argentea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Not Recognised|
|Family||Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and allies)|
|Species name author||Moreau, 1941|