Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Near Threatened

Bar-winged Prinia (Prinia familiaris)


French: Prinia bifasciée German: Sundaprinie Spanish: Prinia alibarrada

Prinia familiaris


, 1821,

Besuki, Java


Birds of Sumatra and W Java have commonly been separated as race prinia, but observed differences appear to refer to individual variation, and are not sustained when analysed over lengthy series of samples. Monotypic.


Sumatra, Java and Bali.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 8–10 g. Distinctive prinia with double whitish wingbar. Has medium-grey crown, nape, ear-coverts and lores, darkening on lores, and paling over malar region to... read more


Song a loud, high-pitched “chweet-chweet-chweet”.


Wide range of bushy and wooded habitats, from mangrove forest to secondary growth, shrubby gardens... read more

Food and feeding

Chiefly insects and their larvae. Outside breeding season found typically in noisy parties of up to 12–15 individuals, but these... read more


Recorded in all months, mainly Mar–Jun in Java. Nest oblong-shaped, domed, with entrance at top, bound to vegetation with spider web... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally uncommon to common. Reportedly common on Java and Bali, and not uncommon on Sumatra, although it seems... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Bar-winged Prinia (Prinia familiaris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 September 2019).