Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata)


French: Pririt à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Lappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado gorjinegro

Platystira peltata


, 1850,

Umlalazi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Often treated as conspecific with P. laticincta (which see). Race mentalis intergrades with nominate in E Zambia and S Malawi. Proposed race jacksoni (Kenya) included in mentalis; brevipennis (Tanzania) merged with cryptoleuca. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. mentalis Bocage, 1878 – W Kenya (W of Rift), Uganda, Burundi and W Tanzania S to Malawi, and SW through SE DRCongo (Kasai, Katanga, one record S Kivu) and Zambia to N & C Angola.
  • P. p. cryptoleuca Oberholser, 1905 – S Somalia (R Jubba), and E Kenya (E of Rift) S, including Mafia I, to Mozambique (N of R Zambezi).
  • P. p. peltata Sundevall, 1850 – NE Zambia, Malawi and N & E Zimbabwe, and coastal lowlands from R Zambezi, S to NE South Africa (S to Durban).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 10–18·8 g. Black and white flycatcher-like bird with fleshy red eye-wattle. Male nominate race glossy bluish-black above, some white concealed feathers on... read more


    Quite variable geographically. Song rasping, lacks the clear whistle of P. cyanea... read more


    Dense evergreen vegetation (sometimes in deciduous vegetation), sometimes wandering into gardens.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, mainly insects; many orders recorded, moths (Lepidoptera) prevalent, also flies (Diptera), orthopterans; feeds mainly... read more


    Sept–Oct in Angola, Mar–Jul, Sept and Dec in Kenya, and Jan in Tanzania; Sept–Jan in S Africa; brood patch in Sept in... read more


    Mainly resident. Some movements reported in S of range, including altitudinal descent in non-... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Supposed occurrence in Tuli (Botswana) is probably in error. In SE Kenya, restricted to one forest (Buda) out of a series... read more

    Recommended citation

    Louette, M. (2020). Black-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata). 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).