Samiksha Jaiswal

Cape batis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Aves
Family  Platysteiridae
Scientific name  Batis capensis
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Batis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Batis, Southern boubou, Bar‑throated apalis, Cape robin‑chat, Sombre greenbul

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The Cape batis (Batis capensis) is a small, stout insect-eating passerine bird in the wattle-eye family. It is endemic to the Afromontane forests of southern Africa.


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Range and habitat

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It is resident in cool coastal forests, moist evergreen mountain forests and wooded gorges of South Africa, Swaziland and the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.


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The Cape batis is strikingly patterned. The adult male has a grey crown, black eye mask and white throat. Its back is brown, with a black rump and tail and rufous wings. The underparts are white with a broad black breast band and rufous flanks. The female and juvenile plumages differ in that the breast band is narrower and rufous, not black, and there is a small rufous patch on the throat. Their rufous wings and flanks distinguish them from other Batis species in the region.


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Both the male and the female will aggressively defend their territory. When larger birds of prey, animals or humans approach, the bird will often perch conspicuously near the intruder and angrily protest audibly. The Cape batis hunts by flycatching, or by taking prey from the ground like a shrike. The song is typically a triple whistle cherra-warra-warra or foo-foo-foo. The nest is a small neat cup low in a tree or bush.

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