Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Reichenow's Batis (Batis reichenowi)


French: Pririt de Reichenow German: Reichenowschnäpper Spanish: Batis de Reichenow

Batis reichenowi


, 1911,

Mikindani, Tanzania


Formerly considered a race of B. capensis or, more often, of B. mixta; has some characteristics of both, and recent genetic study places it within latter#R. Contrary to some published statements, however, there is no acoustic evidence for its inclusion in either, and in morphological terms it differs from mixta (in females) in its grey to olive-tinged grey vs deep ochreish-brown mantle to rump (3); white throat and submoustachial area and grey breastband vs tawny-rufous throat, submoustachial area and breastband (4); male iris colour may also be paler#R. Monotypic.


SE Tanzania in Mikindani and Lindi area, possibly also farther N, near R Rufiji; presumably also in adjacent NE Mozambique#R.

Descriptive notes

9·5–10 cm. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white colours, short tail. Male has grey forehead and crown to mantle, black mask... read more


No reliable information.


Forest in coastal lowlands.

Food and feeding

No information. Diet probably insects.


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Very small range; some records from near R Rufiji (N of Mikindani and Lindi area), previously thought to be of B. mixta (= B. crypta), now... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Reichenow's Batis (Batis reichenowi). 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 17 February 2020).