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Chinspot Batis - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names, White-flanked Batis, Chinspot Puffback-Flycatcher

Photo by jdbirdman
Umfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, August 2004
Batis molitor


Length 12-13 cm; mass 8-14 g
Differs from other Batis species by its pure white flanks (and the chestnut breast band and throat patch in the female).


Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Gabon, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Swaziland


Photo by CollinBax
Crocodile Bridge, Kruger National Park, South Africa, August 2009


Batis molitor has four subspecies:1

  • B. m. pintoi
  • B. m. puella
  • B. m. palliditergum
  • B. m. molitor


Woodland, savanna and riverine thickets.


Active birds; constantly foraging and hawking insects and spiders in the canopy of trees or bushes.


The nest is a small cup of plant fibres and spider web, decorated with lichen; built by both sexes on a horizontal branch. One to four eggs are laid and incubated for 16-18 days by the female. Both adults feed the young.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Gibbon G. 2002. Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa: Version 3. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. www.sabirding.co.za

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