French: Prinia à ailes rousses German: Sonnenprinie Spanish: Prinia alirroja
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Subspecies and Distribution
P. e. erythroptera
(Jardine, 1849) – Senegal E to Nigeria.
P. e. jodoptera
(Heuglin, 1864) – Cameroon, Central African Republic, N DRCongo, South Sudan and NW Uganda.
P. e. major
(Blundell & Lovat, 1899) – W Ethiopia.
P. e. rhodoptera
Shelley, 1880 – SW Kenya, E Tanzania, E Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and E Zimbabwe.
13 cm; 9–15 g. A fairly small, prinia-like warbler with distinctive chestnut wingpanel, tail strongly graduated. Nominate race breeding has crown and nape dark grey,... read more
Male song a series of loud “tseeu” notes, descending in pitch, repeated 15–40 times in 5... read more
Tall grass understorey of miombo (Brachystegia) and other open woodlands, rank growth at... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small insect larvae, beetles (Coleoptera) and spiders (Araneae). Usually occurs in pairs or small family parties; occasionally joins... read more
Nesting Jun–Sept and Dec in W Africa, Oct–Jan in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Dec–Mar in Zambia. Probably monogamous;... read more
Resident in most of range, but a dry-season visitor in parts of Mali, Niger, Chad and Nigeria.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Local and uncommon in most of its range. Average density only 0·02 birds/ha in Guinea savanna at Lamto, in Ivory Coast.
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