French: Apalis de Rudd German: Flechtenfeinsänger Spanish: Apalis de Rudd
C. H. B. Grant, 1908,
Coguno, Inhambane District, Mozambique.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. caniviridis
Hanmer, 1979 – lower R Shire Valley, S Malawi.
A. r. ruddi
C. H. B. Grant, 1908 – S Mozambique between R Save and R Nkomati.
A. r. fumosa
Clancey, 1966 – extreme S Mozambique (Maputo), E Swaziland and E South Africa (N KwaZulu-Natal).
11–12 cm; male 10–11 g, female 9–10 g. A dark-eyed apalis with narrow whitish supercilium and black breastband, tail graduated. Male nominate race has crown... read more
Male song, often from conspicuous perch, a loud, rather dry “trrt trrt trrt…”, repeated 5–15... read more
Sand forest, riverine thickets and tangled cover, dense acacia (Acacia) thickets and dense... read more
Food and feeding
Diet of small insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and other larvae; also small flower buds and nectar. Forages by gleaning from... read more
Sept–Jan. Probably monogamous; solitary, with nests c. 80 m apart along a riparian corridor; territorial. In courtship display, a... read more
Resident; some local dispersal. One retrapped at same location in S Malawi after 7 years.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-East African Coast EBA. Listed as “near-threatened” in South Africa and Swaziland because it is intolerant... read more
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