French: Apalis namaqua German: Namafeinsänger Spanish: Prinia namaqua
Other common names: Namaqua Prinia, White-breasted Prinia
A. Smith, 1842,
Olifants River, Western Cape, South Africa.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. confinis
(Clancey, 1991) – S Namibia (lower R Fish) and lower R Orange (E in South Africa to Upington).
P. s. substriata
(A. Smith, 1842) – C & W South Africa (from middle R Orange E to C & SW Free State, and S Northern Cape and interior Western Cape E to C Eastern Cape).
13–14 cm; male 10–13 g, female 9–11 g. A petite, prinia-like warbler with long, graduated tail and rather plain face. Male nominate race has central crown... read more
Song, usually from elevated perch near top of reed or just inside canopy of acacia tree (Acacia... read more
Confined to Namib-Karoo biome; occurs in reedbeds and in Acacia karroo and Tamarix... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects and other small invertebrates, including weevils and other beetles (Coleoptera), ants and wasps (Hymenoptera), bugs (... read more
Season mainly Aug–Oct, with some nests through to Apr. Probably monogamous; solitary, pairs spaced c. 100 m apart in SE of range;... read more
Mainly resident; moves locally in SE of range in winter, entering gardens from adjacent natural... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout most of its range. Some evidence that numbers have increased locally in S Karoo. In Eastern Cape of South Africa, many... read more
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