Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)


Yellow-throated Apalis (Apalis flavigularis)


French: Apalis noir et jaune German: Gelbkehl-Feinsänger Spanish: Apalis gorjigualdo

Apalis flavigularis


, 1893,

Mulanje Plateau, Malawi


Until recently, treated as conspecific with A. thoracica, along with A. lynesi and A. fuscigularis (which see); present species differs from nearest geographical neighbour A. lynesi in characters given under that species; from next-nearest A. t. whitei (as well as A. t. thoracica) by its blackish vs silvery-brown head and sides of face, the former extending onto upper mantle (2); greenish-olive yellow vs grey-tinged olive mantle (ns[1]); consistently strong yellow vs white shading to yellowish underparts (3); broad vs narrow breastband (2); sexual dimorphism (ns[1]); and from morphologically closest form, A. t. uluguru (considerably disjunct), by its darker head and dark ear-coverts vs sooty-brown head with dull silvery-mid-brown ear-coverts, former extending onto mantle (and to breastband) (2); yellow not white chin to upper breast (3); broader breastband (2); less white in tail (ns[1]); and sexual dimorphism (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Mt Mulanje, Mt Zomba and Mt Malosa, in SE Malawi; possibly also Mt Chiperone, in N Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 10–12 g. A forest apalis. Male has crown and nape blackish washed dark olive, ear-coverts dark grey; upperparts dark olive-green; flight-feathers... read more


Male song a series of loud, monotonous “preep” notes; female calls faster and higher-pitched;... read more


Forest edge, riparian forest and thickets, mainly above 1000 m; in scrubby secondary growth under... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly insects. Forages by gleaning from leaves and twigs, sometimes hovering to reach inaccessible sites; occasionally hawks insects... read more


Oct–Dec. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest an almost spherical ball of moss with side entrance at top, lined with... read more


Probably resident at Mt Zomba and Mt Malosa; subject to altitudinal movements on Mt Mulanje, where... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Fairly common, but has very small range. Total population estimated to be no more than 10,000... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Yellow-throated Apalis (Apalis flavigularis). 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 19 September 2019).