IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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The Karamoja apalis is a globally threatened warbler, which is very poorly known (2). It was first discovered in 1919 in the Karamoja District of north east Uganda, hence its English name (3). This bird has greyish upperparts, whitish underparts and a black bill. The wings and tail are dark grey, and the tail has white outermost feathers. The inner secondary feathers of the wing are white, forming a narrow stripe (3). There are two subspecies or races; Apalis karamojae karamojae is found in Uganda, while Apalis karamojae stronachi is found in Tanzania. The Tanzanian race has a longer tail and wings than the Ugandan race. In both races, males are darker in colour than females, and females of the Tanzanian subspecies are darker than Ugandan males (3). Juveniles are similar in appearance to adults but have a mainly pink bill and yellow gape, and browner wings (4). The song is a duet in which each partner produces alternate notes. Together, they produce a series of rapid, varied phrases consisting of between two and five loud, piping notes (4).

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