Chinspot Batis

Chinspot Batis
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Platysteiridae
Genus: Batis
Species: B. molitor
Binomial name
Batis molitor
Küster, 1850

The chinspot batis (Batis molitor) is a species of bird in the Platysteiridae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and dry savanna.


The chin-spot is a common and widespread bird and is primarily insectivorous, finding its food on the surfaces of leaves and occasionally catching insects on the wing. It can be distinguished from the somewhat similar Pygmy Batis, Batis perkeo, by its longer tail and the narrow white stripe above its yellow eye. The plumage of the male is entirely black and white with a black bib but the female has additionally a chestnut throat spot and breast band.[1]