French: Pririt de Vieillot German: Priritschnäpper Spanish: Batis pririt
Somerset East, Cape Province, South Africa
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).
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
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