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Pririt Batis - BirdForum Opus

Female Pririt Batis
Photo by Max Holdt
Location: Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Batis pririt

Alternative names: Pririt Puff-back Flycatcher, Pririt Puffback

Identification

The adult male's crown is dark grey as is its back; it has a white throat and a black eye mask. Its tail and rump are black, its wings are black with white edging to the flight feathers, and it has a white shoulder patch. Its underparts are white with a black breastband. The female and juveniles have no black breast band and the throat and breast are buff.

Distribution

Western and central southern Africa.

Taxonomy

Batis pririt has two subspecies:[1]

  • B. p. affinis
  • B. p. pririt
  • Central and southern South Africa (excluding moist coastal belt)

Habitat

Dry broadleaf woodland and thorn scrub.

Behaviour

It builds a small cup shaped nest in a tree or bush. Its diet includes insects.

Vocalisation

The song is a slow descending series of whistled notes, teuu, teuu, teuu, teuu.

References

  1. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533

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