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Margaret's Batis - BirdForum Opus

Batis margaritae

Alternative names: Boulton's Puffback-Flycatcher, Boulton's Batis


Length 12 cm.

Male: Grey crown amd mantle; wings black with white wing-bar; chin, throat and belly white; broad black breast band; yellow eye. Similar to male Chinspot Batis but bulkier with broader breast-band; song differs.

Female: Similar to male, but with chestnut wing-bar and red eye. Differs from female Chinspot Batis in having black breast band, lacking the chestnut throat-spot, having a chestnut (not white) wing-bar, and having a red (not gold) eye.


Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Zambia



There are 2 subspecies:

  • B. m. margaritae:
  • West-central Angola (Mount Moco)
  • B. m. kathleenae:
  • Mountains of north-western Zambia and adjacent extreme south-eastern Zaire


Dry evergreen forest and adjacent woodland.


Diet: Mainly arthropods.


A series of five to ten whistles; first note with slightly higher pitch.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  3. Avibase

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