Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Woodwards' Batis (Batis fratrum)


French: Pririt des Woodward German: Zuluschnäpper Spanish: Batis de Woodward

Pachyprora fratrum


, 1900,

Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Allegedly smaller and more rufous form sheppardi (from N of R Save, in Mozambique) accepted by some authors#R, but here considered indistinguishable from birds elsewhere in range. Treated as monotypic.


S Malawi, SE Zimbabwe, lowland S Mozambique and NE South Africa (extreme N KwaZulu-Natal); recorded also from two localities (Netia, Mirrote) near R Lurio, in N Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 10·3–13·8g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, greenish-grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male is grey above, with... read more


Contact call a slowly repeated double-noted “chip-chop”. Song a rather slow and deliberate ringing... read more


Closed-canopy evergreen forest and thicket, dune-forest and riverine forest; in semi-evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects. Forages in middle to lower strata, in understorey and at edges. Often feeds only a few centimetres above ground. Makes... read more


Breeds in Oct–Nov in S part of range. Territorial, in pairs or family groups. Nest a small, rather loosely constructed cup of fine... read more


Resident. Small-scale local movements into adjacent woodland habitat in non-breeding season.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally up to 10 pairs/10 ha in its restricted habitat in Malawi; occurs in Lengwe National Park. Population in N Mozambique discovered in 1932, and... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2020). Woodwards' Batis (Batis fratrum). 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).