Chinspot Batis Female Conservation status Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Platysteiridae Genus: Batis Species: B. molitor Binomial name Batis molitor
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.
- BirdLife International 2004. Batis molitor. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 25 July 2007.
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