(Cisticolidae; Ϯ Bar-throated Apalis A. thoracica) Gr. ἁπαλος hapalos  soft, delicate; "APALIS thoracica.  Gorget Warbler ...  Family Sylviadæ.  Sub-fam: Sylvianæ.  Genus (?) Apalis.   GENERIC (?) CHARACTER.  General structure of Prinea, but the bill shorter, the plumage more compact, and the outer toe not connected to the middle as far as the first joint.  ...  Le Plastron Noir. Le Vaill. Ois. d'Af. 3 pl. 123. f. 1 male. 2 fem.  Motacilla thoracica. Nat. Miss.  22. pl. 969.  THIS is one of the pretty warblers of Southern Africa, discovered by Le Vaillant  ...  That this bird is of a tenuirostral type, is almost certain; seeing that it is an obvious representation of Motacilla, Pachycephala, Tamatia, Trichas, Charadrius, and many other collared groups: but whether it forms part of the genus Prinea, or represents the tenuirostral genus between that and Culicivora, is very uncertain. We suspect that this latter station is filled by the Taylor-Warblers of India" (Swainson 1832) (cf. Gotch 1981, erroneously suggested Apalis might be from an African name).
Var. Hapalis
Synon. Chlorodyta, Drymoterpe, Euprinodes.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 11 December 2018).