Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Rwenzori Batis (Batis diops)


French: Pririt du Rwenzori German: Ruwenzorischnäpper Spanish: Batis del Rwenzori

Batis diops

F. J. Jackson

, 1905,

Rwenzori, DRCongo




Albertine Rift in E DRCongo (Rwenzori Mts S to Mt Kabobo), extreme W Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 8–15·5 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white colours. Male is dark grey above, with glossy bluish-black... read more


Series of simple whistles, repeated at intervals of 2 seconds or more; low ventriloquial whistle... read more


Inhabits montane evergreen forest; most abundant in bamboo forest, but accepts mixed forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects: mainly beetles (Coleoptera) recorded, once a caterpillar of 50 mm, also other lepidopterans, and flies (Diptera). Keeps in... read more


Birds with brood patch in Aug and Oct, female in Nov had recently laid, and juveniles found in all months except Feb; probably prolonged... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Locally quite common, e.g. density recorded of 2–3 pairs/10 ha in optimum... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Rwenzori Batis (Batis diops). 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 24 February 2020).