Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Bioko Batis (Batis poensis)


French: Pririt de Fernando Po German: Biokoschnäpper Spanish: Batis de Fernando Póo
Other common names: Fernando Po Batis

Batis poensis


, 1903,

Bakaki, Bioko


Commonly treated as conspecific with B. occulta (which see). Monotypic.


Bioko, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

9·5–10·5 cm; 9–10 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male has black... read more


Undescribed, but reportedly gives quiet rasping sounds.


Forest and in cocoa plantations, from sea-level to lower limit of montane forest, at 1300 m.

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably much like those of B. poensis.


Very little known, but birds in breeding condition in Sept–Jan, with fledged young observed in Oct and an adult male food-carrying in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species confined to Cameroon mountains EBA; forests on S slope of South Massif are still virtually completely... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Bioko Batis (Batis poensis). 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).