Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Angola Batis (Batis minulla)


French: Pririt d’Angola German: Angolaschnäpper Spanish: Batis angoleño

Platystira minulla


, 1874,

Bibala, Moçamedes, Angola




SE Gabon, Congo, W DRCongo (E to W Kasai), Cabinda and escarpment in W Angola.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 9·3–10·4 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male has blackish forehead, dark grey... read more


A series of weak high-pitched, progressively descending pure notes.


Evergreen thickets in woodland and edges of clearings; highest altitude recorded apparently 847 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects. Forages mainly in lower and middle strata; reported also as frequenting canopy.


Two nests found in Jul. Probably territorial. Nest a small cup composed of soft bark and many spider webs, one at head height, the other 2... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status uncertain; supposedly local and uncommon, but said to be not uncommon in Angola. Insufficient information as to its real status in DRCongo.... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Angola Batis (Batis minulla). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2020).