Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Senegal Batis (Batis senegalensis)


French: Pririt du Sénégal German: Senegalschnäpper Spanish: Batis senegalés

Muscicapa senegalensis


, 1766,



Possible slight geographical overlap with B. orientalis in N Cameroon. Proposed race togoensis (Togo) considered untenable. Monotypic.


S Mauritania and Senegal S to Sierra Leone, E to Niger, Nigeria and N Cameroon (E to Benue Plain and Mandara region).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 8–11·4 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male is dark slaty grey above with... read more


Very variable, sometimes brief and feeble song, but also scolding series, and repeated whistles.... read more


Dry thorn-scrub, woody savannas, also farms, grasssland with sparse trees and bushes, e.g. acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Diet arthropods. Mainly insects, e.g. large caterpillar (Lepidoptera) recorded and many other insect orders, including beetles (Coleoptera... read more


Mainly Feb–Jul, but from Jan in Ivory Coast and to Aug in Ghana. Territorial. Nest a neat tiny cup made from grasses with lichen and... read more


Resident. Possibly only non-breeding vagrant in extreme S part of its range in Cameroon.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common. In Senegal, a pair every 400–500 m of line transect; thought to be decreasing in Gambia owing to loss of habitat. Most... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2019). Senegal Batis (Batis senegalensis). 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 11 December 2019).