French: Pririt pâle German: Kinnfleckschnäpper Spanish: Batis pálido
Other common names:
Batis puella soror
Songea, southern Tanzania
Coastal Kenya, E & SE Tanzania (including Zanzibar I and Mafia I), Mozambique (S to S of R Save), SE Malawi, and eastward-facing slopes of mountains in E Zimbabwe.
10·5–11·5 cm; 8–13·1 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male has grey crown, darker... read more
Long piping 3-note “pook pook pook” delivered mournfully, repeated at constant rate up to 12 times... read more
Woodland in coastal lowlands, but on Zanzibar inhabits bushland and open cultivated country. Also,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects. Forages mostly in middle levels or canopy, by flycatching or hover-gleaning.
Season varies with region: Jan, Mar and May in E Africa, Aug–Jan on Zanzibar, Sept–Oct in Malawi, and mostly Oct–Jan in S... read more
Resident. Some seasonal altitudinal movement suspected in E Zimbabwe.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common. Fairly common in Kenyan part of range, including Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve. Fairly common on Zanzibar and in S... read more
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