Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Chestnut Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia castanea)


French: Pririt châtain German: Weißbürzel-Lappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado castaño

Platysteira castanea


, 1843,

Clarence, Bioko


Hitherto treated as conspecific with D. hormophora (which see). Sister to D. tonsa, based on genetic data#R, the two together being sister to all other members of genus. Monotypic.


S Nigeria E to S South Sudan, W Kenya and NW Tanzania (Bukoba), S to N Angola (N of 10° S), S DRCongo (Kasaji, in Katanga) and extreme N Zambia (Mwinilunga); also Bioko.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 11–22 g (quite variable; heaviest birds recorded Equateur, in DRCongo). Very small, plump, almost tailless flycatcher-like bird with eye wattle. Male is mainly... read more


Very variable, notes ranging from ringing to wheezing, bleating, grunting, croaking; “gok... read more


Primary and secondary forest, including swampy and flooded woodland, isolated tree clumps,... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; berries and other small fruits and seeds also recorded. Among insects, beetles (Coleoptera) frequent but many others recorded,... read more


Season variable according to locality, but potentially prolonged, e.g. in Uganda, birds in breeding condition in Feb–Aug, and Oct... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common. Common in Cameroon lowland forest, including large forests outside main forest block. One of commonest birds in... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chestnut Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia castanea). 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 16 February 2020).