Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia ansorgei)


French: Pririt d’Ansorge German: Gelbbauch-Lappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado ventrigualdo

Dyaphorophyia ansorgei

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1905,

Cabeça de Ladrões, Benguela, Angola


Hitherto considered conspecific with D. concreta (which see). Race kungwensis has been thought perhaps to represent a separate species, based mainly on blue vs green eye-wattles and paler yellow underparts of male. Proposed races kumbaensis (SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon), harterti (Cameroon) and silvae (Uganda and Kenya) included in graueri, but significant genetic structure in limited samples suggests that reinstatement of some taxa, even at species level, may be warranted in due course#R; form canzelae (Angola) merged with nominate. Black-breasted morph of nominate suspected of being a hybrid with D. chalybea. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. a. graueri E. J. O. Hartert, 1908 – SE Nigeria, S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to Gabon and N & W Congo; E DRCongo (Ituri S to Kivu) E to adjoining SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi; W Kenya (Kakamega Forest, N & S Nandi Forest).
  • D. a. ansorgei E. J. O. Hartert, 1905 – Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye – W Angola (N Cuanza Norte S to SE Benguela).
  • D. a. kungwensis Moreau, 1941 – Kungwe Wattle-eye – Mt Kungwe (including Mt Mahale), in W Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–10 cm; 9–15 g. Very small, plump, colourful, almost tailless flycatcher-like bird with prominent eye-wattle; previously treated as conspecific with W African... read more


    Variable repertoire, with some Batis-like notes, others more like those of bulbuls (... read more


    Mainly in undisturbed primary forest, including montane forest; present in degraded forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects of many orders, commonly beetles (Coleoptera) and hymenopterans (bees, wasps and ants), also caterpillars (Lepidoptera),... read more


    Breeds Dec–Apr in Cameroon and Mar in Angola, nest in Jun in E DRCongo (where season probably from Feb and juveniles observed in Aug and... read more


    Resident. Individuals ringed in Gabon in 1976 were still present at same site in 1981, some even in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare in some areas (e.g. S Nigeria), locally common in others; fragmented distribution warrants investigation, and is cause for some... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia ansorgei). 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 25 February 2020).