Namuli apalis

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Namuli apalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cisticolidae
Genus: Apalis
Species: A. thoracica
Trinomial name
Apalis thoracica lynesi
Vincent, 1933

Apalis lynesi

The Namuli apalis (Apalis thoracica lynesi) is a small African passerine bird belonging to the genus Apalis in the family Cisticolidae. Many taxonomista consider it a subspecies of the bar-throated apalis.

It is the only bird species endemic to Mozambique and is found only in the Mount Namuli massif in the north of the country where it was first discovered in 1932 by the English-born ornithologist Jack Vincent. There were no more records until an expedition rediscovered it in 1998. The bird is now known to be common in forest, forest edge and woodland patches above 1200 m. Logging of the forest is a potential threat but it appears to survive well in degraded and fragmented habitat.

It has a grey crown and nape and black throat and breast. The rest of the underparts are yellow and the upperparts are green. The outer tail-feathers are white. The bird is 11 to 12 cm long. The male and female have different calls and duet with the female responding to the male's call.

It feeds mainly on insects and other small invertebrates but also eats some seeds and berries. It forages in pairs or small groups, often feeding on the ground or making short flights into the air.

The nest is a dome of moss built at least one metre above the ground.


  • BirdLife International (2006) Species factsheet: Apalis lynesi. Downloaded from on 26/3/2007
  • Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Jonathan Rossouw (2000) Southern African Birdfinder, Struik, Cape Town.
  • Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan (2003) Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Struik, Cape Town.