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Sexually dimorphic. Medium sized (11 cm) Batis with a longish tail. Males are pale slate grey on the forehead / crown / nape. Isolate white spot at the junction of the nape and back. Back to upper tail coverts grey, with a distinct brown component and whitish tips to the rump feathers. Broad white supercillia almost join over the forehead and stretch as far as the sides of the nape, almost meeting the nape spot. Lores, earcoverts and sides of neck black. Chin and throat pure white, narrow black beastband, narrower in the centre of the breast, rest of underparts white. Wings black with inner 2 greater coverts white, broad white tips to the median coverts and white margins to the tertials. Tail black with white margins to the outer feathers. Eye golden yellow, bill and legs black. Females have a buff supercillium, narrow rufous breastband, reaching over the base of the neck as a collar, and slightly dusky fore flanks.
Open savannah woodland, especially Acacia
1 - 2 whistles preceding a weak buzzing.
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