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Western black-headed batis

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Western black-headed batis
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Platysteiridae
Genus: Batis
B. erlangeri
Binomial name
Batis erlangeri
Neumann, 1907

Batis minor erlangeri

The western black-headed batis (Batis erlangeri) or Von Erlanger's batis, is a species of passerine bird in the wattle-eye family Platysteiridae.[2] It is found over an extensive area of central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and moist savanna. It was formerly treated as conspecific with the eastern black-headed batis (Batis minor).

Two subspecies are recognised:[3]

  • B. e. erlangeri Neumann, 1907 – north Cameroon to Ethiopia south to Uganda, west Kenya and Burundi
  • B. e. congoensis Neumann, 1907 – south Congo, southwest Democratic Republic of the Congo, west Angola


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Batis erlangeri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T22734102A118748524. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22734102A118748524.en. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  2. ^ Louette, M. (2019). "Western Black-headed Batis (Batis erlangeri)". In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Batises, woodshrikes, bushshrikes, vangas". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 21 June 2018.