Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Pririt Batis (Batis pririt) - HBW 11, p. 193

French: Pririt de Vieillot German: Piritschnäpper 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).