French: Prinia rayée German: Zebraprinie Spanish: Prinia barrada
Mondah River, Gabon
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. bairdii
(Cassin, 1855) – Banded Prinia – SE Nigeria S to N Angola (Cabinda), E to S Central African Republic, N DRCongo and W Uganda.
P. b. heinrichi
Meise, 1958 – NW Angola (Cuanza Norte).
P. b. obscura
(Neumann, 1908) – highlands of E DRCongo, W Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
P. b. melanops
(Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) – Black-faced Prinia – W Kenya and E Uganda.
12–13 cm; 10–16 g. A highly distinctive, chunky-looking dark prinia with two white wingbars and strikingly banded underparts, long tail strongly graduated.... read more
Male song a loud series of notes, ranging from ringing “bing bing bing…” to... read more
Lowland and montane forest, usually where there are treefall gaps or clearings, tangled growth... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small invertebrates, including small beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), other insect larvae;... read more
Breeds May–Aug in Cameroon, Mar–Feb in Gabon, Jul–Nov in E Africa, and throughout year in DRCongo. Probably monogamous,... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident. Individual ringed in Kenya recaptured only 150 m away... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common, especially in disturbed forest and secondary growth. Average density 4·7 birds/ha in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in Uganda.
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