Appearance The Chin-spot Batis is a tiny, 4" (10cm) bird. The male has a grey crown and mantle, darkening with age. The sides of his face are black, with white superciliary stripes. His pure black wings have elongated white stripes. His tail is also black, along with a distinctive broad, black breast band. They have a very distinctive yellow eye. The female has similar markings to the male, but the breast band is rufus, with the addition of a rufous throat spot.
Habits The Chin-spot Batis is usually seen in pairs, or family groups, in the canopy of trees.
Diet Chin-spot Batis eat insects, gleaned from trees; usually Acacia or Mopane trees. Its diet mainly consists of flies, crickets, wasps and beetles.
Resident The Chin-spot Batis is resident in the south-west quarter of Kenya, in forest edges, acacia woodlands and gardens that have plentiful trees.
Extra Facts The Chin-spot Batis makes a small, conical nest, made from grass, tree bark and held together by cobwebs and lichen, placed in the fork of a tree. Chin-spot Batis make a wing snapping sound and puff out their rump feathers when displaying.
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.