An endangered warbler, the yellow-throated apalis (Apalis flavigularis) is distinguished from other species of the Apalis genus by its vivid yellow colouration. The yellow-throated apalis is now considered to be a distinct species; however, until 1994 it was classified as a subspecies of the bar-throated apalis (Apalis thoracica).
The male yellow-throated apalis has a black head and tail, and a black breast-band which divides a striking yellow throat and chest. Its back and wings are bright green, and its legs are pink.
The female yellow-throated apalis is slightly smaller than the male and usually has a narrower breast-band. In comparison to the striking plumage of the adult yellow-throated apalis, the juvenile has a much duller colouration (2) (3).
Consisting of a series of loud, monotonous ‘preep’ sounds, the song of the male yellow-throated apalis is by no means musical (2). Calls produced by the female bear a resemblance to those of the male, but occur at a faster rate and have a higher pitch. The alarm call of the yellow-throated apalis is a repetitive series of ‘peep’ notes (3)
- Length: 11 - 12 cm (2)
- 10 - 12 g (2)