Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida
Yellow-breasted Apalis, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Yellow-breasted Apalis is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara but is missing from the Congo Basin and most of South Africa except the east coast. It is found in a variety of habitats from gallery forest, forest edges, woodland and scrub.

The Apalises are slender warblers with long, graduated tails that are normally included in the same family as Cisticolas. The Yellow-breasted Apalis has green upperparts and white underparts with a yellow breast band. The eye is reddish brown with a thin red eyering. There are 9 sub-species with varying amounts of green or grey on the head and some have a black band on the breast below the yellow. This photo is of the sub-species A. f. caniceps which has an entirely grey crown.

The song is a rhythmic chirup-chirup repeated at about 3 to 4 notes per second.

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