Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea)


French: Pririt à collier German: Bindenlappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado gorjipardo

Muscicapa cyanea

Statius Müller

, 1776,



Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. cyanea (Statius Müller, 1776) – Senegal E to W Central African Republic, S to NW Angola and NW DRCongo (S approximately to R Congo).
  • P. c. nyansae Neumann, 1905 – E Central African Republic and C & E DRCongo (from lower and middle R Congo) E to S South Sudan, W Kenya, and NW Tanzania including islands in L Victoria (Kome, Ukerewe).
  • P. c. aethiopica Neumann, 1905 – W Ethiopia and E South Sudan.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 12–17 g. Black and white flycatcher-like bird with fleshy red eye wattle and white wingstripe. Male nominate has top of head and mantle glossy bluish-black,... read more


    Very extensive repertoire. Song a series of plaintive (sometimes descibed as “melodious... read more


    Array of wooded habitats, including forest clearings; avoids primary forest, but occurs in Sahel... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Many orders of insects recorded, lepidopterans, hymenopterans, termites (Isoptera), orthopterans, flies (Diptera), bugs (... read more


    Seems to nest for much of year in equatorial areas; adults feeding young and fledglings in Jan, Mar and Jul–Aug in Cameroon;... read more


    Resident, but probably some local seasonal movement in W Africa; more common in Gambia during rains... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common. In Liberia, locally 3–5 singing males/10 ha. In Cameroon, very common across the forest, the Adamawa and the Benue Plain. In... read more

    Recommended citation

    Louette, M. (2020). Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea). 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 17 February 2020).