Cape Batis

Batis capensis

Both the male and female cape batis can be distinguished from other similar looking batises by their chestnut wingbars.

Our best encounter with this territorial species was in November 2012 while staying at Thendele Camp in the northern Drakensberg. Eileen was busy crossing a small stream when suddenly, out of nowhere, a little bird dive-bombed her, touching the top of her head. We soon pinpointed the culprit; a female cape batis, and quickly realized the reason for her aggressive behaviour. She (together with her husband) was busy building a nest just to the right of the river crossing. We spent some time watching and photographing the pair go about the business of nest-building before retracing our steps.


Cape Batis ~ female (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis / Karkloof Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / April 2017 Cape Batis ~ female (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis – female / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa / 29 March 2013 Cape Batis ~ male (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis / Giants Castle, Drakensberg, South Africa Cape Batis ~ male (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis / Karkloof Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / April 2017 Cape Batis / Karkloof Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / April 2017 Cape Batis ~ female (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis ~ male (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis ~ female (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis / Karkloof Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / April 2017 Cape Batis ~ male (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis / Forest Creek Lodge, Mpumalanga, South Africa / 14 August 2015 Cape Batis ~ male (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis ~ male (Hollidayi) / Thendele, Northern Drakensberg South Africa / 03 November 2012 Cape Batis ~ male (Capensis) / Kirstenbosch Gardens,South Africa / 28 January 2011 Cape Batis ~ male (Capensis) / Kirstenbosch Gardens,South Africa / 28 January 2011
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