The pririt batis (Batis pririt) also known as the pririt puff-back flycatcher or pririt puffback, is strikingly patterned. The adult male has a dark grey crown and back, black eye mask and white throat. It has a black rump and tail, and its wing are black with white edging to the flight feathers and a long white shoulder patch. The underparts are white with a broad black breast band and black speckles on the flanks. The female and juvenile plumages differ in that there is no black breast band, but the throat and breast are a warm buff colour.

Habitat and Distribution

It is resident in western and central southern Africa in dry broadleaf woodland and thorn scrub.


The pririt batis hunts by flycatching, or by taking prey from the ground like a shrike.


The nest is a small neat cup low in a tree or bush.

Calls and Songs

The song is typically a slow descending series of whistled notes: teuu, teuu, teuu, teuu.