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Apalis, Rudd's

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:03 pm

Near-endemic to southern Africa, with the bulk of its South African population aligned along the KNP border with southern Mozambique and in eastern Kwazulu-Natal, north of Richards Bay, where it is locally abundant in forest habitats with dense undergrowth. Because of its habitat preference, the Rudd’s Apalis, Apalis Ruddi, is a very difficult photographic subject as it moves around in poor light conditions. Flash photography is a basic requirement to catch the image of this busy little bird.


It is frequently seen in mixed-species foraging flocks, at all levels of the forest, gleaning small insects and larvae from leaves and twigs. It has a distinctive call similar to a bar-throated apalis and reacts well to the Rob VII sound byte played where they are active, causing both male and female birds to investigate the source of the call. When discovering the bird it is worthwhile for a birder to stop and stay a while as some of the bird parties with which the Rudd’s apalis associates are frequently made up of forest birds that are not often seen. Green Malkoha, square-tailed drongo, black-throated wattle-eye and blue-mantled crested flycatchers are but a few that comes to mind.
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