French: Pririt à joues noires German: Keniaschnäpper Spanish: Batis carinegro
Batis orientalis minor
Salole, Jubba River, Somalia
Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. minor
Erlanger, 1901 – S Somalia (mainly in R Jubba and R Shebelle Valleys).
B. m. suahelica
Neumann, 1907 – coastal areas of Kenya (also isolated population on Mt Endau, in SE) and Tanzania (extending inland to N Pare Mts, Mt Kilimanjaro and Kilosa); also Manda I.
10 cm; 9·3–13·8 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male nominate race has crown and nape... read more
Long piping high-pitched notes, usually in groups of 2–3, first note lower, clear and ringing... read more
Wooded steppe with acacia (Acacia) and Commiphora; also riverine habitat (... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects. Searches foliage or flycatches. One individual observed to capture insects one by one, in flight, 40 times consecutively,... read more
Recorded in Apr in Somalia; in Kenya, Feb and Oct near Mombasa and Jun on Manda I; Jun in Tanzania. Probably territorial. Small, very... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; common at the coast. Uncommon in Tsavo East National Park, in Kenya. Has decreased recently in Somalia.
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