Platysteiridae – Wattle-eyes, Batises

Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea) ©WikiC

Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea) ©WikiC

It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. (Matthew 13:32 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Platysteiridae – Wattle-eyes, Batises

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Species (31)

Rwenzori Batis (Batis diops)
Margaret’s Batis (Batis margaritae)
Forest Batis (Batis mixta)
Reichenow’s Batis (Batis reichenowi)
Dark Batis (Batis crypta)
Cape Batis (Batis capensis)
Woodward’s Batis (Batis fratrum)
Chinspot Batis (Batis molitor)
Senegal Batis (Batis senegalensis)
Grey-headed Batis (Batis orientalis)
Pale Batis (Batis soror)
Pririt Batis (Batis pririt)
Eastern Black-headed Batis (Batis minor)
Western Black-headed Batis (Batis erlangeri)
Pygmy Batis (Batis perkeo)
Angolan Batis (Batis minulla)
Gabon Batis (Batis minima)
Ituri Batis (Batis ituriensis)
Fernando Po Batis (Batis poensis)
White-tailed Shrike (Lanioturdus torquatus)
West African Wattle-eye (Platysteira hormophora)
Chestnut Wattle-eye (Platysteira castanea)
White-spotted Wattle-eye (Platysteira tonsa)
Banded Wattle-eye (Platysteira laticincta)
Black-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata)
White-fronted Wattle-eye (Platysteira albifrons)
Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea)
Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye (Platysteira concreta)
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye (Platysteira blissetti)
Black-necked Wattle-eye (Platysteira chalybea)
Jameson’s Wattle-eye (Platysteira jamesoni)


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Platysteiridae is a family of small stout passerine birds of the African tropics. The family contains the wattle-eyes, batises and shrike-flycatchers. They were previously classed as a subfamily of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae.

These insect-eating birds are found in usually open forests or bush. They hunt by flycatching, or by taking prey from the ground like a shrike. The nest is a small neat cup low in a tree or bush. (Wikipedia with editing)

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