French: Prinia simple German: Schlichtprinie Spanish: Prinia sencilla
Deccan, central India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. i. terricolor
(A. O. Hume, 1874) – extreme E Afghanistan (Jalalabad) and W Pakistan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and fringes of Baluchistan) E over NW India (E to Vadodara) to SW Nepal.
P. i. inornata
Sykes, 1832 – C & SE India (S from Gangetic Plain).
P. i. franklinii
Blyth, 1844 – SW India (S Karnataka, Kerala, W Tamil Nadu).
P. i. insularis
(Legge, 1879) – Sri Lanka.
P. i. fusca
Hodgson, 1845 – lowlands of Nepal E to Bhutan, Bangladesh, NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur) and SW Myanmar.
P. i. blanfordi
(Walden, 1875) – NC & E Myanmar, NW Thailand and S China (W Yunnan).
P. i. extensicauda
(Swinhoe, 1860) – S & E China (N & E Yunnan, W Sichuan E to Jiangxi and Zhejiang, also Hainan) S to N Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
P. i. flavirostris
(Swinhoe, 1863) – Taiwan.
P. i. herberti
E. C. S. Baker, 1918 – S Myanmar (Tenasserim), C & E Thailand, Cambodia, C & S Laos and C & S Vietnam.
P. i. blythi
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Java.
11 cm; 6–9 g. A small, olive-brown or reddish-brown, unstreaked prinia with whitish supercilium and underparts, tail very long and graduated (shorter and less graduated... read more
Some geographical variation in songs: in Sri Lanka (race insularis) a monotonously... read more
Scrubby grassland in variety of situations, from saltmarshes to reedbeds, bamboo thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Takes variety of small invertebrates, chiefly insects and their larvae; recorded items include small flies (Diptera), grasshoppers (... read more
In India, chiefly during Jun–Oct monsoon in N and Mar–Jul in S; in Sri Lanka, Mar–Apr and Sept–Nov in hills, Jan... read more
Largely resident; some altitudinal movement, with post-breeding descent from higher elevations to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over much of its extensive range. One of the most widespread members of genus, extending from Pakistan in W to Taiwan in E, and S to Java.... read more
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