Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

White-spotted Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia tonsa)


Taxonomy

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

Diaphorophyia tonsa

Bates

, 1911,

Bitye, Dja River, southern Cameroon

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Sister to D. castanea. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59135 on 29 February 2020).