French: Prinia de Rüppell German: Rotstirnprinie Spanish: Prinia frentirroja
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. rufifrons
(Rüppell, 1840) – E Chad, WC, C & E Sudan, Eritrea, NE Ethiopia, Djibouti and NW Somalia.
P. r. smithi
(Sharpe, 1895) – SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia (S of 12° N#R), Somalia (except NW), extreme NE Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
P. r. rufidorsalis
(Sharpe, 1897) – Tsavo, in SE Kenya.
11 cm; 5–8 g. A small, rather prinia-like warbler with very long, graduated tail (of twelve feathers) which is often wagged and rotated. Male nominate race has... read more
Song a series of “stiuck stiuck stiuck” notes, interspersed with “cheep”... read more
Arid and semi-arid scrub and savanna, typically in areas with less than 500 mm of rainfall annually... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects, including ants (Hymenoptera). Occurs singly, in pairs or, outside breeding season, in groups of up to 15... read more
Mainly Feb–Jun, occasionally Dec–Aug; possibly double-brooded. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest oval, with side... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident. Apparent rarity in E Chad may reflect occasional movement. read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in most of range. Uncommon to scarce in W, and apparently rare in Chad.
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