Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Brown-tailed Apalis (Apalis flavocincta)


French: Apalis à queue brune German: Braunschwanz-Feinsänger Spanish: Apalis colipardo

Euprinodes flavocincta


, 1882,

Athi River, Kenya


Occasional recent treatment as incipient#R or full#R species followed here, given differences in present species involving dull green patches occluding yellow on breast sides (never with black breast-spot) (2); brown vs green tails (2); much longer tails than other taxa (allow 2); arid woodland habitat (1); stridulating song somewhat higher-pitched and faster (at least 2)#R. Proposed race malensis (S Ethiopia) included in nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. f. flavocincta Sharpe, 1882 – arid and semi-arid areas of SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, NE Uganda, NE & E Kenya (S in E to Taita district) and S Somalia; possibly also NE Tanzania (Tanga region)#R.
  • A. f. viridiceps Hawker, 1898 – NW Somalia and adjacent Ethiopia.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–13 cm. A fairly small, slender, rather long-tailed apalis of woodland and savannas; has reddish eyes, green nape, yellow-olive upperparts, a mainly brown uppertail with... read more


    Compared to formerly conspecific A. flavida, song is generally somewhat higher-pitched and... read more


    Found in wide variety of bushland, woodland and scrub, including Acacia woodland, riparian... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet presumably mainly small invertebrates, but not adequately described. Occurs singly, in pairs or in small family parties; sometimes... read more


    Breeds May–Jun in Somalia, Apr in Ethiopia and from Mar in Kenya. Can be double-brooded. Monogamous; solitary and territorial, defends... read more


    Presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Few data. Generally considered to be common throughout its comparatively large range, and the species’ lack of habitat specialization... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Brown-tailed Apalis (Apalis flavocincta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 September 2019).