Batis crypta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Batis crypta
Species Authority: Fjeldså, Bowie & Kiure, 2006
Common Name(s):
English Dark Batis
Taxonomic Notes: Batis mixta (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into B. mixta and B. crypta following Fjeldså et al. (2006). B. reichenowi (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been lumped into B. mixta following Dowsett and Forbes-Watson (1993). This latter treatment is under review by the BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Gilroy, J.
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in southern and central Tanzania and extreme north-western Malawi, where it is patchily distributed in montane areas.
Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as often highly abundant (del Hoyo et al. 2006).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found in evergreen forests at 540-2,160 m, moving to miombo woodlands and other wooded areas in lower foothills in the non-breeding season. It is also known to persist in degraded forest and small forest patches (Fjeldså et al. 2006).
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Batis crypta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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