French: Prinia pâle German: Somaliprinie Spanish: Prinia somalí
Las Durban, Somalia.
See P. inornata. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. somalica
(Elliot, 1897) – N Somalia.
P. s. erlangeri
Reichenow, 1905 – SE South Sudan, C & S Ethiopia, C & S Somalia, Kenya and extreme NE Uganda; possibly N Tanzania#R.
11–12 cm; 7–8 g. A pallid prinia lacking seasonal plumage changes. Nominate race has broad whitish supercilium, fading into greyish nape behind eye; lores grey-... read more
Song a series of dry, buzzy, insect-like notes, “dzik dzik dzik…” or “zher-zher-zher-zher…”,... read more
Confined to Somali-Masai biome; occurs in thorny scrub in semi-desert and arid savannas, favouring... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects. Occurs singly, in pairs or in family parties. Forages by gleaning; creeps through tangled vegetation, and searches... read more
Breeds Nov–May. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest an upright oval with side entrance at top, woven from fine grass... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common.
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