Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Pririt Batis (Batis pririt)


French: Pririt de Vieillot German: Priritschnäpper Spanish: Batis pririt

Muscicapa pririt


, 1818,

Somerset East, Cape Province, South Africa


Marginal range overlap with B. molitor from N Namibia E to N South Africa; some interaction between the two (including imitation of call in order to establish interspecific territories), also interspecific response to playback of sounds, recorded by researchers. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. p. affinis (Wahlberg, 1855) – SW Angola (S from Benguela), Namibia, W Botswana and NW South Africa (NW Northern Cape).
  • B. p. pririt (Vieillot, 1818) – C & S Botswana and W South Africa (E to Free State, in S from S Namaqualand E to W Eastern Cape).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 7·5–14 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some orange-yellow) colours. Male is grey... read more


    A long series of whistles. Repeats same note slowly twice or three times, sometimes longer series... read more


    Acacia thornveld; also dry woodland and tamarisk (Tamarix) stands along... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet insects, including large lepidopterans. Forages in middle and lower layers of bushes and trees, seldom higher than 5 m. Very active.... read more


    Season mainly Oct–Jan, vaguely related to rainfall pattern; may breed opportunistically at any time of year. Territorial, defends... read more


    Mostly resident. Some N-S movement in SW Cape Province, where it arrives during austral winter;... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common. Virtual absence from arid woodland on the hartveld of E Botswana is remarkable, particularly because this species occupies similar... read more

    Recommended citation

    Louette, M. (2020). Pririt Batis (Batis pririt). 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 22 February 2020).