Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Jameson's Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia jamesoni)


French: Pririt de Jameson German: Jamesonlappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado de Jameson

Dyaphorophyia jamesoni


, 1890,

Yambuya, Aruwimi River, DRCongo


Commonly treated as conspecific with D. blissetti and D. chalybea, but differs from latter in characters given under that species. Differs from former in its marginally larger size (effect size for wing 1.28, score 1); darker and much narrower chestnut moustachial patch (3); much lower edge to dark green throat and breast (2); and song a repeated single or double note vs a series of short notes at same pitch (3) and at slightly higher frequency (3800–4500 Hz vs 3500–3800 Hz) (1)#R. This split supported by genetic evidence#R. Monotypic.

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E DRCongo (Uele, Kivu), Rwanda and Burundi E to W Kenya (Kakamega and Nandi Forests) and NW Tanzania (Bukoba area); also S South Sudan (Lotti Forest).

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm; 9–15 g. Tiny, stub-tailed flycatcher-like bird, with large turquoise-blue eye-wattles, dark chestnut-brown patch on neck-sides, greyish rump, glossy greenish-black... read more


Reported to be quieter than other wattle-eyes; most frequently heard are a subdued “chawuk-chawuk-... read more


Appears to prefer degraded forest and secondary patches throughout range, only occasionally... read more

Food and feeding

Diet appears to be unreported, although is presumably similar to that of formerly conspecific D. chalybea. Observed singly, in... read more


No evidence of marked seasonality in Uganda, where birds in breeding condition collected in all months between Jan and Oct, except Mar, Apr... read more


Resident. Two young ringed in Kakamega (Kenya) were still present at same spot 31 months later.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Okapi Faunal Reserve, in E DRCongo, and locally common in Uganda, although less so than sympatric D. castanea and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Jameson's Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia jamesoni). 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 29 February 2020).