Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Woodward's Batis (Batis fratrum) - HBW 11, p. 187

French: Pririt de Woodward German: Zuluschn├Ąpper Spanish: Batis de Woodward
Other common names: Zululand Batis/Flycatcher

Taxonomy: Pachyprora fratrum Shelley, 1900, Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with B. capensis, B. reichenowi, B. mixta and B. crypta, probably also including B. margaritae and B. diops. Allegedly smaller and more rufous birds from N of R Save, in Mozambique, described as race sheppardi, but considered indistinguishable from those elsewhere in range. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Malawi, SE Zimbabwe, lowland S Mozambique and NE South Africa (extreme N KwaZulu-Natal); recorded also from two localities (Netia, Mirrote) near R Lurio, in N Mozambique.

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