Pririt Batis (Batis pririt) - HBW 11, p. 193
French: Pririt de Vieillot
Spanish: Batis Pririt
Taxonomy: Muscicapa pririt Vieillot, 1818, Somerset East, Cape Province, South Africa.
Part of a superspecies that probably includes also B. senegalensis, B. orientalis, B. molitor and B. soror. Marginal range overlap with B. molitor from N Namibia E to N South Africa; some interaction between the two (including imitation of call in order to establish interspecific territories), also interspecific response to playback of sounds recorded by researchers. Isolated population in extreme S of range possibly represents an additional, as yet undescribed race. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- affinis (Wahlberg, 1855) - SW Angola (S from Benguela), Namibia, W Botswana and NW South Africa (NW Northern Cape).
- pririt (Vieillot, 1818) - C & S Botswana and W South Africa (E to Free State, in S from S Namaqualand E to W Eastern Cape).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A female moving in a tree Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp affinis)
Helmut Schenkel Brunner 31 July 2003 7 years ago 14 sec 4.6
A female foraging through a thicket Locality Eirkop, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp pririt)
Greg Baker 28 September 2002 3 years ago 16 sec 4
A view of male mostly hidden in a thicket then showing well very briefly Locality Eirkop, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp pririt)
Greg Baker 28 September 2002 3 years ago 8 sec 3
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Locality Avis Dam, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia (ssp affinis)
Fran Trabalon 3 November 2012 3 years ago 4.7
An adult male
Locality Kgalagadi District, Botswana
Marco Valentini 14 August 2010 4 years ago 4.2
Locality Granaatboskolk, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Adam Riley 13 December 2009 1 year ago 3.8
Close-up of a male.
Locality Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Erongo Mountains, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp affinis)
Ken Havard 10 April 2013 2 years ago 3.8
Male perched in a tree at the rest camp restaurant
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp pririt)
Martin Flack 24 October 2011 3 years ago 3.8
A female carrying nesting material.
Locality Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
David Beadle 3 February 2011 3 years ago 3.8