French: Prinia gracile German: Streifenprinie Spanish: Prinia grácil
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. akyildizi
Watson, 1961 – S Turkey, possibly into NW Syria.
P. g. palaestinae
Zedlitz, 1911 – Lebanon, S Syria, E Israel, Jordan and NW Saudi Arabia.
P. g. deltae
Reichenow, 1904 – W Israel S to N Egypt (R Nile Delta).
P. g. natronensis
Nicoll, 1917 – Wadi el Natron, in N Egypt.
P. g. gracilis
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – R Nile from N Egypt (Cairo) S to S Sudan.
P. g. carlo
Zedlitz, 1911 – Red Sea coast from NE Sudan S to Somalia.
P. g. yemenensis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1909 – W coast of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and S Oman.
P. g. hufufae
Ticehurst & Cheesman, 1924 – NE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
P. g. carpenteri
Meyer de Schauensee & Ripley, 1953 – N Oman and probably the United Arab Emirates#R.
P. g. irakensis
R. Meinertzhagen, 1923 – NE Syria, Iraq and SW Iran, possibly this race into Kuwait#R.
P. g. lepida
Blyth, 1844 – SE Iran, S & C Afghanistan, Pakistan and N India to SC Nepal.
P. g. stevensi
E. J. O. Hartert, 1923 – SE Nepal, NE India and Bangladesh.
10–13 cm; 6–8 g. A tiny, greyish prinia, well streaked above, with long, narrow and strongly graduated tail. Nominate race has indistinct creamy supercilium above... read more
Male song, from favoured perch (occasionally in flight), throughout year but more intensively in... read more
Rank vegetation in fairly arid areas, including shrubs and small trees, herbs and forbs, reedbeds,... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects, including beetles and their larvae (Coleoptera), caterpillars and adult lepidopterans, grasshoppers (Orthoptera), flies (... read more
Egg-laying in Feb–Jul (mainly Apr–Jun) in Egypt, Israel and Iraq, Dec–May in Ethiopia and Somalia, Feb–Oct in... read more
Mainly resident, but moves locally in Somalia, and thought to move between islands and mainland on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant throughout much of its range. Population in Egypt estimated at in excess of 100,000 pairs. At N edge of range, in Turkey, population fell by... read more
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