Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Ituri Batis (Batis ituriensis)


French: Pririt de l’Ituri German: Iturischnäpper Spanish: Batis del Ituri

Batis ituriensis


, 1921,

Gamangui, on the Nepoko River, Ituri district, DRCongo


Sometimes treated as a race of B. minima. Monotypic.


NE & E DRCongo (Uele, Ituri, Itombwe) and W Uganda (Budongo Forest and Semliki National Park).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10 cm. Very small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white colours. Plumage is glossy bluish-black above, white supraloral spot (... read more


Undescribed; one recording of high-pitched whistles, attributed to this species, resembles voice of... read more


Degraded forest, less often in primary forest. Lowlands in Uele and Ituri, but at 950–1300 m... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects; termites (Isoptera) recorded. Frequents middle (5–6 m) and upper strata. Present in treetops, hops from twig to twig to... read more


Nestling recorded in Jun; indirect evidence of breeding Feb–Aug. Probably territorial, groups of six individuals reported. No other... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. In DRCongo, rare in Ituri and in Itombwe. In Uganda, recently found to be fairly common in Budongo Forest Reserve, and occurs also in Semliki... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Ituri Batis (Batis ituriensis). 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 24 February 2020).