Cape Batis Batis capensis

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A cute, dumpy, colorful flycatcher-like bird that flits around in the mid-canopy and understory of forest, forest edge, thickets, and gardens. It is distinguished from other batises in its range by the chestnut coloration on its wings. The sexes differ: the male has a broad black chest band, yellow eye, and white throat; the female has a reddish eye and brown chin patch. The species gives 8-9 plaintive steady piping “peooop” notes, and also a buzzing grate “ddrz-drrzt-drrr, ddt-ddzt-drzt-drr”

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