French: Prinia à plastron German: Brustbandprinie Spanish: Prinia pechinegra
Great Namaqualand, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. f. bihe
Boulton & Vincent, 1936 – S Angola and W Zambia.
P. f. ansorgei
W. L. Sclater, 1927 – desert coast of SW Angola and N Namibia.
P. f. flavicans
(Vieillot, 1820) – Namibia, W & C Botswana and W South Africa.
P. f. nubilosa
Clancey, 1957 – NE Namibia, N & E Botswana, SW Zambia, W Zimbabwe and E South Africa.
12–13 cm; male 8–12 g, female 6–11 g. A medium-sized unstreaked prinia with distinctive white throat and yellowish breast and belly, tail strongly graduated... read more
Male sings from prominent perch on low bush, usually with tail cocked, a loud, sharp “chip-chip-... read more
Shrublands and edges of drainage-line woodland in arid and semi-arid areas, dry acacia (Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other small invertebrates, including termites (Isoptera), chrysomelid, coccinellid and scarabeid beetles and... read more
Aug–May, mainly Oct–Mar, but in arid W can breed opportunistically in winter (in non-breeding plumage) after unseasonal rains;... read more
Resident, but probably locally nomadic in arid areas. Records from Kruger National Park, in E South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to abundant; densities of up to 0·5 pairs/ha. In Botswana, where atlas reporting rates in unprotected areas were higher than in... read more
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