French: Prinia du Karoo German: Fleckenprinie Spanish: Prinia del Karoo
Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. psammophila
Clancey, 1963 – SW Namibia and Namaqualand coastal plain of South Africa (S to R Olifants).
P. m. exultans
Clancey, 1982 – inland in extreme S Namibia, South Africa (Great Karoo, S Free State, Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
P. m. maculosa
(Boddaert, 1783) – S South Africa (from Western Cape E to Humansdorp).
12–13 cm; male 8–11 g, female 7–11 g. A brown prinia with variably streaked and spotted underparts, strongly graduated tail. Male nominate race has lores... read more
Male sings from prominent perch on low bush, usually with tail cocked, a series of repetitive notes... read more
Mediterranean-type shrublands (fynbos and renosterveld), coastal thickets, forest edge and karoo... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small invertebrates, including katydids and small grasshoppers (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars and... read more
Nesting occurs in Jul–Jan, mainly Aug–Nov, but can breed opportunistically after rains in more arid areas; double-brooding... read more
Largely resident, but some local movement; ringed birds recovered up to 69 km from ringing site.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in many habitats. In South Africa, up to 1·5 birds/ha in mountain fynbos in Western Cape; in latter province, density increases in... read more
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