Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

East Coast Batis (Batis soror) - HBW 11, p. 193

French: Pririt pâle German: Kinnfleckschnäpper 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.

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