French: Prinia cendrée German: Rostbauchprinie Spanish: Prinia cenicienta
Deccan, central India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. stewarti
Blyth, 1847 – NE Pakistan (E from upper Indus Valley), N & W India (E to S Bihar, S to N Madhya Pradesh) and Nepal.
P. s. inglisi
Whistler#R, 1933 – NE India (N West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh), Bhutan and NE Bangladesh.
P. s. socialis
Sykes, 1832 – peninsular India (S from S Bihar and S Madhya Pradesh).
P. s. brevicauda
Legge, 1879 – Sri Lanka.
12–13 cm; 6·7–7·5 g. Distinctive prinia with blue-grey, rufous and rufous-buff plumage, tail very long and graduated (less so when breeding).... read more
Song, from bushtop or wire, or in air, a loud and cheerful “jimmy-jimmy-jimmy” repeated... read more
Bushy places, from scrubby grassland to garden shrubbery, including Lantana thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates, chiefly insects and their larvae, and small spiders (Araneae); believed also to take flower nectar from Bombax... read more
Season Mar–Nov, varying with local rains; in India May–Aug in NE (Assam), chiefly Jul–Sept in C India, mainly Apr–... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over much of its extensive range. One of the most familiar and widespread of Indian birds, there being few bushy gardens within its range... read more
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