Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

White-spotted Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia tonsa)


French: Pririt à taches blanches German: Weißbrauen-Lappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado tordo

Diaphorophyia tonsa


, 1911,

Bitye, Dja River, southern Cameroon


Sister to D. castanea. Monotypic.


SE Nigeria E to SW Central African Republic, S to Gabon and N Congo; E DRCongo (localities in E Equateur, Kasai, Uele, Ituri and Kivu).

Descriptive notes

9·5 cm; one bird 11·5 g. Very small, plump, almost tailless flycatcher-like bird with eye wattle. Male is largely black above, has forehead and crown feathers... read more


Songs composed of series of whistled notes, harsh churrs, grunts and explosive sounds. Territorial... read more


Mature forest in lowlands. In Cameroon recorded from 50 m in Korup National Park to 850–1250... read more

Food and feeding

Diet arthropods: beetles (Coleoptera), lepidopterans, bugs (Hemiptera), hymenopterans, termites (Isoptera), flies (Diptera) and... read more


Dependent juvenile in Apr in Nigeria and nest-building observed in Apr in Gabon; nest in Feb and indications of reproduction Nov–May... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. As a canopy bird, this species is difficult to see and probably overlooked. Variously recorded as common to uncommon; rare in Nigeria. In Cameroon,... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). White-spotted Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia tonsa). 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 29 February 2020).