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Woodward's Batis

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Alternative name: Zululand Batis

MalePhoto by the late Jan Van den BroeckSancta Lucia, South Africa, 2005
Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Sancta Lucia, South Africa, 2005
Batis fratrum


[edit] Identification

Length 11 cm. Bill, legs and feet black.

Male: Forehead, crown, nape and back grey; wing blackish with white wing-bar; chin and throat white and breast pale rufous. Eyes yellow

Female: Similar to male, but with narrow whitish eyebrow, rufous wingbar, pale rufous chin and throat and orange eyes.

[edit] Distribution

Coastal eastern Africa from 13ºS to 29ºS: Mozambique and northern KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), extending to extreme southern Malawi and extreme eastern lowlands of Zimbabwe.

[edit] Taxonomy

FemalePhoto by Alan MansonCape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa, February 2008
Photo by Alan Manson
Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa, February 2008

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Understory of coastal dune and lowland forests and dry savanna.

[edit] Behaviour

Usually single or in pairs, keeping below canopy where it forages for insects.

[edit] Breeding

Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a shallow cup of vegetative material bound by spider web. Placed among leaves or vines between 0.8 and 3 m above the ground. One to three eggs are laid October to November.

[edit] References

  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
  2. 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
  3. BF Member observations

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