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  Chinspot Batis

Batis molitor

(701) 13 cm; 12 g

M > F. Overlaps only marginally with Pale Bans.

M  Best distinguished by call; slightly broader breast band than M Pale Batis, and white (not black-speckled) flanks.

F  Dark chestnut breast band and throat patch easily separate it from other female batises in areas of overlap.

JUV  Similar to F but upperparts mottled buff.

STATUS  Very common resident, sedentary and usually in pairs.

HABITAT  Savanna woodland, especially Acacia, also in broad-leaved woodland and gardens.

FOOD  Insects.

CALL  Usually 3 descending notes, weep-woop-wurp or 'three-blind-mice'; also gives 'stone rubbing' sounds.

BR  Monogamous. Nest a small com­pact cup, camouflaged with lichens and bark flakes. Occasionally parasitised by Klaas's Cuckoo.

 

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Disaneng, Maun

In floodplain behind my house

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6 L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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