Chin-spot Batis (Batis molitor)

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.

The Chin-spot Batis is usually seen in pairs, or family groups, in the canopy of trees.

Chin-spot Batis eat insects, gleaned from trees; usually Acacia or Mopane trees. Its diet mainly consists of flies, crickets, wasps and beetles.

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.

Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Chin-spot Batis ~ Male Perched

Male Chin-spot Batis, perched in an Acacia tree in Kenya.

Chin-spot Batis ~ Male, Glint in the eye

Male Chin-spot Batis, perched, looking skywards for predators, the sun caught its yellow eye.