Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Short-tailed Batis (Batis mixta) - HBW 11, p. 186

French: Pririt à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzschnäpper Spanish: Batis Colicorto
Other common names: Forest Batis

Taxonomy: Pachyprora mixta Shelley, 1889, Mount Kilimanjaro, 6000-7000 feet [c. 1830-2130m], Tanzania.
Forms a superspecies with B. capensis, B. reichenowi, B. crypta and B. fratrum, probably also with B. margaritae and B. diops. Until very recently included B. crypta as part of nominate race, but the two found to differ morphologically and genetically; also, formerly often treated as conspecific with B. reichenowi. According to new study, race ultima, which has in the past been included in B. fratrum, is weakly differentiated from nominate. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mixta (Shelley, 1889) - NE Tanzania from Mt Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park, and L Manyara, S to Nguru Mts (including Amani, Mt Kanga, Usambara Mts, Vumari); possibly also Taveta, in SE Kenya.
  • ultima Lawson, 1962 - coast of SE Kenya (Ganda, Rabai, Shimba Hills, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Shimoni).

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