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Pale Batis - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: East Coast Batis; Mozambique Batis; Madagascar Batis; Paler Chin-spot Puff-back Flycatcher

Photo by Steve G
Location: Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya
Batis soror


Sexually dimorphic. Medium sized Batis (10-11 cm). Male. Pale grey forehead and front of crown. Rest of crown and nape steel grey ( no white nape spot ? ). Mantle, rump and uppertail coverts steel grey, all with white tips making the upperparts look chequered. Thin white supercillia almost reaching nape. Lores and earcoverts black. Chin and throat white. Narrow black breastband, often broken at the bottom. Wings and tail as other Batis'. Female as male except for diffuse pale rufous spot in the centre of the throat, thin pale rufous breast band and pale rufous flanks. The breastband and flanks are often seperated by a thin horizontal white area. Eye yellow, bill and legs black.


Africa from Mozambique to Kenya, replacing the Chinspot Batis in coastal areas. It is a fairly common resident.




Photo by Steve G
Location: Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya

Lowland forest, woodland and savannah.


Voice. Gentle, repeated "tcheeoo, tcheeoo"


  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

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