Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)


Banded Wattle-eye (Platysteira laticincta)


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

Platysteira laticincta


, 1926,

Oku, west of Kumbo, Cameroon


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.


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


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


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


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



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 on 18 February 2020).