Cape Batis

The Cape Batis, or Batis capensis, is a smallish passerine bird in the wattle-eye family. A passerine is a bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species. It is resident in the highlands of southern and eastern South Africa and Zimbabwe. Its diet consists mainly of insects and is usually found in moist evergreen mountain forests and wooded gorges. Both the male and the female will aggressively defend their territory. When larger birds of prey, animals or humans approach, the bird will often perch conspicuously near the intruder and angrily protest audibly.
The Cape Batis hunts by flycatching, or by taking prey from the ground like a shrike.
Thanks to Zane for this incredible picture with some references and thanks to SASOL Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Tarboton.

Cape Batis

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