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This species is considered Endangered as it has a very small and severely fragmented range, along the perimeter of which its forest habitat is being rapidly degraded and destroyed. Although the current population may prove to be significantly larger than previously realised, the granting of a mining concession covering the whole of Mt Mulanje in late 2011 could have disastrous implications for the future survival of the species.
Apalis thoracica (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into A. thoracica, A. fuscigularis, A. lynesi and A. flavigularis following Collar et al. (1994). A. t. flavigularis differs from neighbouring races in its: (1) blackish head and sides of face vs silvery-brown, and former extending onto upper mantle; (2) mantle greenish-olive yellow vs grey-tinged olive; (3) underparts consistently strong yellow vs white shading to yellowish; (4) broad vs narrow breast-band; (5) sexual dimorphism; (6) female vocally different.
13 cm. Small warbler of forest and forest edge. Black head, grey ear-coverts, bright green back. Bright yellow underparts, with olive-washed flanks and wide, black breast-band. Pale eye. Similar spp. White-winged Apalis A. chariessa has longer tail, white throat, white wing-patch. Voice Loud twittering, not musical.
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Benson, C. W. 1950. A collection from Chiperoni Mountain, Portuguese East Africa. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 70: 51.
Benson, C. W.; Benson, F. M. 1947. Some breeding and other records from Nyasaland. Ibis 89: 279-290.
Benson, C. W.; Benson, F. M. 1977. The birds of Malawi. Montfort Press, Limbe, Malawi.
Dowsett-Lemaire, F. 1989. Ecological and biogeographical aspects of forest bird communities in Malawi. Scopus 13: 1-80.
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Mzumara, T. I., Hockey, P. A. R. and Ridley, A. R. 2011. Re-assessment of the conservation status of Malawiâ€™s â€˜Endangeredâ€™ Yellow-throated Apalis Apalis flavigularis. Bird Conservation International doi:10.1017/S0959270911000335. Published online by Cambridge University Press 05 December 2011.
Urban, E. K.; Fry, C. H.; Keith, S. 1997. The birds of Africa vol. V. Academic Press, London.
Vincent, J. 1935. The birds of northern Portuguese East Africa, comprising a list of and observations on the collections made during the British Musuem Expedition of 1931-32. Ibis 13th ser. Vol V: 485-529.
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Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Evans, M., Shutes, S., Starkey, M., Symes, A., Taylor, J.
Dowsett, R., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Bayliss, J.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Apalis flavigularis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2015.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Endangered|
|Family||Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and allies)|
|Species name author||Shelley, 1893|
|Population size||1500-7000 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||510 km2|
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