French: Prinia du Drakensberg German: Drakensbergprinie Spanish: Prinia del Drakensberg
Other common names:
Seymour, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Soutpansberg and escarpment of E South Africa and W Swaziland, S through midlands of KwaZulu-Natal to Eastern Cape (around East London).
12–13 cm; 9–11 g. A brownish prinia with minimal streaking below, strongly graduated tail. Male has lores creamy yellow, extending above eye as indistinct... read more
Male sings from prominent perch on low bush, usually with tail cocked, a series of repetitive buzzy... read more
Tall, rank grass, shrubs and bracken along edges of streams and wetlands, forest edges and rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small invertebrates, including scarabid beetles and weevils (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) and ants (Hymenoptera); also nectar from... read more
Breeds in Oct–Feb, mainly Nov–Jan. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial throughout year. Nest oval to pear-shaped, side... read more
Probably mainly resident; some post-breeding descent from higher to middle altitudes in KwaZulu-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Range has apparently contracted in Eastern Cape, where replaced by P. maculosa; this possibly linked to E spread of karoo... read more
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