Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Prinia (Prinia atrogularis)


French: Prinia à gorge noire German: Schwarzbrustprinie Spanish: Prinia gorjinegra

Suya atrogularis

F. Moore

, 1854,

Darjeeling, India


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. khasiana and usually also with P. superciliaris (see both). Monotypic.


E Himalayas from E Nepal E to S China (extreme S Xizang) and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh).

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm; 8–16 g. A large prinia with rather slender, slightly decurved bill and very long graduated, pointed tail. Nominate race in fresh plumage (non-breeding) has dull... read more


Song a repeated series of scraping buzzy notes, almost mechanical in tone and vehemently delivered... read more


Open grassy hillsides and mountainsides with scrubby cover and scattered shrubs; scrubby forest... read more

Food and feeding

Food chiefly insects and their larvae. Normally encountered singly or in pairs, and usually very skulking, but forages also in noisy family... read more


Breeds in Mar–Jun, chiefly May and Jun in NE India, most laying at start of wet season; in Bhutan, song heard from late Feb to Aug,... read more


Generally considered resident, but a degree of altitudinal migration.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Eastern Himalayas EBA. Common to locally common over its range (c. 141,000 km²), but... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-throated Prinia (Prinia atrogularis). 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 13 December 2019).