The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Chinspot Batis

Afrikaans name: Witliesbosbontrokkie

Female Chinspot Batis

Female Chinspot Batis

Photo © Steven Herbert

Batis molitor

Interestingly it is only the female Chinspot Batis that possesses a 'chin spot'. The band across her chest is brown while the male is black.

The Chinspot Batis can be found in bushveld areas as well as various types of forests.

It can be found across the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and the north-eastern parts of South Africa.

The Chinspot Batis can normally be seen hopping around in trees and bushes looking for insects which is its main source of food.

Chinspot Batis

Photo © Steven Herbert

Two eggs are normally laid in a cup-shaped nest in a bush or tree.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 162

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 60

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 284

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 187

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 20

Shrikes of Southern Africa - Author: Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott - Published: 0 - Page: 96

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 374

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 348

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 610

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 612

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 479

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 468

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 360

Roberts Bird Guide - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 2007 - Page: 220

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 366

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 366

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 264

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 186

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 180

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 67

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 68

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 220

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 103

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 188

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 236

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 56

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 56

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 253

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