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Pygmy Batis - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Peter Merritt
Lake Baringo, Kenya, 2015
Batis perkeo


8-9 cm (3-3½ in)

  • Black and white overall plumage
  • Short white, barely noticeable, supercilium
  • Yellowish-orange eye
  • Short tail

Female similar, but has a rufous breast band.

Similar Species

Photo by balticbird
Ethiopia, February 1997

Chinspot Batis, which has a longer tail.


Eastern Africa: Found in arid southern Ethiopia, south-eastern Sudan, north-eastern Uganda, southern Somalia, Kenya and extreme north-eastern Tanzania.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dry areas with trees and scrub, woodland.


Their main diet consists of insects, mainly foraged in bushes and trees. The also sally out from perches.


Drawn-out whistles and also harsh cackling.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)
  4. iNaturalist.org

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