East Coast Batis (Batis soror) - HBW 11, p. 193
French: Pririt pâle
Spanish: Batis Pálido
Other common names: Pale Batis, Mozambique Batis
Taxonomy: Batis puella soror Reichenow, 1903, Songea, southern Tanzania.
Part of a superspecies that probably includes also B. senegalensis, B. orientalis, B. molitor and B. pririt. Was formerly regarded as a race of B. molitor, which it replaces geographically in E African lowlands (although apparently some range overlap in SE Tanzania). Proposed races littoralis (from Zanzibar I) and pallidigula (from Mozambique) considered untenable. Monotypic.
Distribution: Coastal Kenya, E & SE Tanzania (including Zanzibar I and Mafia I), Mozambique (S to S of R Save), SE Malawi, and seaward-facing slopes of mountains in E Zimbabwe.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A pair building nest on a mangrove branch in very frequented spot close to human settlement; very confident. Locality Mida Creek Reserve, Kenya
Carlo Castellani 15 November 2014 13 weeks ago 37 sec 3.6
juveniles in nest
Locality Mikumi National Park, Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 22 October 2014 19 weeks ago 4.2
Locality Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Adam Riley 31 May 2009 28 weeks ago 4.1
An adult female.
Locality Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Steve Garvie 4 August 2007 5 years ago 3.2
Male in tree.
Locality Mungari Camp, Coutada 11, Marromeu Complex, Sofala Province, Mozambique (Monotypic species)
buchert 25 September 2014 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3
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