Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Eastern Black-headed Batis (Batis minor) - HBW 11, p. 193

French: Pririt à joues noires German: Keniaschnäpper Spanish: Batis Carinegro
Other common names: Black-headed Puff-back Flycatcher

Taxonomy: Batis orientalis minor Erlanger, 1901, Salole, Juba River, Somalia.
Usually considered conspecific with B. erlangeri; separation based on significant differences in size and in plumage tones. Recognition of geographical races regarded as unwarranted by some authors, who would treat present species as monotypic. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • minor Erlanger, 1901 - S Somalia.
  • suahelicus Neumann, 1907 - coastal areas of Kenya (also isolated population on Mt Endau, in SE) and Tanzania (extending inland to N Pare Mts, Mt Kilimanjaro and Kilosa); also Manda I.

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