Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Dark Batis (Batis crypta)


French: Pririt obscur German: Iringaschnäpper Spanish: Batis de Iringa

Batis crypta

Fjeldså et al.

, 2006,

Mdandu Forest, Kipengere Range west of Njombe, Ludewa district, Iringa Region, Tanzania


Until recently was included as part of nominate race of B. mixta, but, following study of clear-cut morphological change in C Tanzania and genetic differences, found to be a separate species#R. Also related to B. capensis, and ranges approach in N Malawi without overlap. Monotypic.


E & S Tanzania in regions of Dodoma, Morogoro and Iringa (Kiboriani Mts and Wota Mts, Ukaguru Mts, Uluguru Mts, and Rubeho and Iringa Highlands S to highlands near L Malawi); also extreme NW Malawi (Misuku Hills).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10 cm; 10·5–13·6 g. Very small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white colours, rather short tail.... read more


Vocal repertoire incompletely understood; gives repeated isolated low whistles with ringing... read more


Patches of evergreen forest in mountains, at 540–2160 m; peak abundance in evergreen montane... read more

Food and feeding

Diet probably insects. No other information.


Laying reported in Dec (Uluguru) and Jan (Njombe); 2 eggs. No other information.


Resident; some local or altitudinal post-breeding movement.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Widespread and common throughout range in both Tanzania and Malawi. Often present in high abundance; because of flexibility in habitat use, and apparent... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Dark Batis (Batis crypta). 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).