Batis soror (Pale batis,
Mosambiekbosbontrokkie [Afrikaans]; Acacia-vliegenvanger
[Dutch]; Pririt pâle [French]; Sansibarschnäpper [German]; Batis de
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Pale batis, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Kenya. [photo
Distribution and habitat
It occurs from Kenya and Tanzania through Malawi to
Mozambique. Here it is locally common, preferring Miombo (Brachystegia)
as well as other broad-leaved woodlands, such as Mopane woodland.
Distribution of Pale batis in southern Africa,
based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas
Animal Demography unit, University of
Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range
from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).
Little is known about its feeding habits other than that it
forages for insects by gleaning them from leaves and branches.
- The nest is a small, deep cup built of thin strips of bushwillow (Combretum)
bark and bits of glass inflorescences, cemented with spider web. It is
usually placed in the fork of a branch at least 6 metres above ground.
- It lays about 1-2 eggs, usually during the months of September-November.
- Little more is known about its breeding habits, as this has not been
Not threatened, although habitat destruction in southern
Mozambique may be cause for concern.
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.