French: Pririt du Malawi German: Malawischnäpper Spanish: Batis de Malawi
Mt Mulanje, Malawi
Subspecies and Distribution
B. d. sola
Lawson, 1964 – N Malawi and, locally, E Zambia (Nyika Plateau, Mukuta and Mafinga Mts).
B. d. dimorpha
(Shelley, 1893) – mountains of C & S Malawi, and adjacent N Mozambique (Mt Namuli).
12–13 cm; 11·6–12·7 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some chestnut) colours. Previously considered conspecific B... read more
Little studied, but to date no differences reported between vocalizations of this species and those... read more
Temperate forest; also in degraded forest and gardens, sometimes even in pine plantations. At all... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not well known, but presumably similar to that of B. capensis. Forages at all levels of understorey, but occasionally as high... read more
Breeds Sept–Feb, mainly Oct–Dec; single-brooded. Territorial. Nest a robust but small cup of dry plant material, bound with spider webs,... read more
Mainly resident and strongly faithful to territory, but some wandering and altitudinal movements (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common. The commonest Platysteiridae above 1400 m in Malawi, where overall density of c. 10 pairs/10 ha is reached in tall... read more
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