French: Prinia des montagnes German: Malaienprinie Spanish: Prinia parda
See P. crinigera. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. cooki
(Harington, 1913) – C & E Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), N & E Thailand, Cambodia (Kompong Thom) and N & S Laos.
P. p. bangsi
(La Touche, 1922) – SE Yunnan (S China).
P. p. rocki
Deignan, 1957 – Langbian Plateau, in SC Vietnam.
P. p. polychroa
(Temminck, 1828) – Java.
14·5–18 cm; c. 15 g. A large, strong-billed drab prinia with strongly graduated tail; distinct breeding and non-breeding plumages, former created primarily by... read more
Song a rhythmic wheezy or rasping phrase, quickly repeated, as e.g. “ts’weu-ts’... read more
Dry scrubby grassland and shrubby undergrowth at forest edge, and in open clearings in both... read more
Food and feeding
Food chiefly insects and their larvae. Normally feeds singly or in pairs. Forages low down or on ground among grassy or tangled vegetation... read more
Season chiefly May and Jun. Nest an oval dome constructed of grasses, with entrance towards top at one side, usually placed close to ground... read more
Generally considered resident, but upland populations disperse to lower elevations in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally not uncommon in Thailand. Distinctly uncommon in Indochina, with only one confirmed record for Cambodia (specimen from near Kompong Thom);... read more
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