The chin-spot is a common and widespread bird. It can be distinguished from the somewhat similar pygmy batis, Batis perkeo, by its longer tail and the narrow white stripe above its yellow eye. The plumage of the male is entirely black and white with a black bib but the female has additionally a chestnut throat spot and breast band

Habitat and Distribution

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and dry savanna. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


It is primarily insectivorous, finding its food on the surfaces of leaves and occasionally catching insects on the wing.