Yellow-breasted Apalis ( Apalis flavida, family: Cisticolidae)

yellow breasted apalis Kruger National Park birds The Yellow-breasted Apalis (Latin name Apalis flavida) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 648 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 852 also a picture of the Yellow-breasted Apalis on page 864. The Yellow-breasted Apalis belongs to the family of birds classified as Cisticolidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Yellow-breasted Apalis is also known by these other names: Yellow-chested Apalis, Black-breasted Apalis.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Yellow-breasted Apalis is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Yellow-breasted Apalis in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Yellow-breasted Apalis : see above distribution map.

The Yellow-breasted Apalis.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Yellow-breasted Apalis is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Yellow-breasted Apalis is about 13 cms and its weight is about 8 gms

The male and female Yellow-breasted Apalis have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is grey.
  • Eye is red.
  • Bill is black.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is grey.
  • Legs are pink.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Yellow-breasted Apalis feeds on the ground and in foliage or on a tree trunk




Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Yellow-breasted Apalis is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Apalis flavida will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Yellow-breasted Apalis is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are blue in colour and number between 2 to 3

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Yellow-breasted Apalis are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas

You will normally see the Yellow-breasted Apalis in pairs or flocks and not as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Geelborskleinjantjie

German ... Gelbbrust-Feinsnger

Portuguese ... Apalis-de-peito-amarelo

French ... Apalis gorge jaune

Dutch ... Geelborstapalis

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 648

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,