French: Prinia forestière German: Dschungelprinie Spanish: Prinia selvática
Seegore Ghat, Nilgiri Hills, south India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. gangetica
(Blyth, 1867) – N India (W Himachal Pradesh S to C Rajasthan and C Madhya Pradesh, E to West Bengal) and SW Nepal.
P. s. insignis
(A. O. Hume, 1872) – NW India (Gujarat and S Rajasthan E to Bhopal, in W Madhya Pradesh).
P. s. sylvatica
Jerdon, 1840 – C & S India (S from S Bombay, Maharashtra and C Madhya Pradesh).
P. s. mahendrae
Koelz, 1939 – Mahendra Giri (Odisha), in E India.
P. s. valida
(Blyth, 1851) – Sri Lanka.
14–16 cm; 14–21 g, mean 16 g. A large lowland brown prinia with very long and graduated tail, marked sexual size dimorphism. Nominate race non-breeding has white... read more
Song, from exposed perch, a warbled phrase repeated over and over in pulsing rhythm for c. 2–... read more
Favours dry scrubby bush-jungle, with boulders and grassland intermixed; boulder-strewn hillsides... read more
Food and feeding
Takes variety of small invertebrates, chiefly insects and their larvae; recorded items include small spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (... read more
Season Mar–Oct, chiefly during Jun–Sept monsoon; has bred in most months but mainly Feb–May in Sri Lanka; two or more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally quite common in India, especially in dry forests and hills of C & S of the country; uncommon and very localized in Sri Lanka; in Nepal,... read more
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