Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Vulnerable

Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla)


Taxonomy

French: Prinia à calotte grise German: Graukopfprinie Spanish: Prinia coronigrís
Taxonomy:

Prinia cinereocapilla

F. Moore

, 1854,

Nepal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Foot of Himalayas from N India (W Uttarakhand) E, discontinuously, to Nepal and S Bhutan.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 6–8·5 g. A small, neatly proportioned and relatively short-tailed prinia with small and slim bill. In fresh plumage (non-breeding) has rufous forehead... read more

Voice

Song a prolonged, squeezed “cheeeeeeeeeeeesum-zip-zip-zip” or a rising trill followed... read more

Habitat

Favours edges of sal (Shorea) and mixed forests where Themeda grass (particularly... read more

Food and feeding

Food insects. Some individuals found with red pollen staining on the forehead suggestive of feeding on nectar, but more likely that they... read more

Breeding

In Nepal, starts to sing in Jan, and individuals had well-developed brood patches in early Apr, indicating that breeding season well... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Always considered to be rare or, at best, uncommon. Seems now to be in rapid decline through habitat loss. Many of this species’ former locations are no... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58583 on 23 January 2019).