Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Endangered

Banded Wattle-eye (Platysteira laticincta)


Taxonomy

French: Pririt de Bamenda German: Bandlappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado de Bamenda
Taxonomy:

Platysteira laticincta

Bates

, 1926,

Oku, west of Kumbo, Cameroon

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In past, often treated as conspecific with P. peltata, but geographically and ecologically isolated in montane habitat and shows not altogether negligible plumage differences; treatment as separate species supported by genetic findings#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Bamenda Highlands, in W Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 11·2–15·2 g. Black and white flycatcher-like bird with fleshy red eye wattle. Male is glossy bluish-black above, white with glossy bluish-black... read more

Voice

Soft, grating notes, said to be higher-pitched than those of P. peltata and quite... read more

Habitat

Montane forest, forest edge; often associated with Podocarpus and bamboo, but also in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages mostly in thick undergrowth, but recorded at all levels, up to canopy. Very active feeder. Hawks insects in flight; also... read more

Breeding

Laying Oct–May, mainly Dec–Feb. Territorial. Small nest of plant material (moss and lichen, also rather large pieces of... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Montane species confined to Bamenda Highlands; not uncommon, and may persist in small forest remnants... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Banded Wattle-eye (Platysteira laticincta). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59139 on 18 February 2020).