Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

River Prinia (Prinia fluviatilis)


Taxonomy

French: Prinia aquatique German: Flussprinie Spanish: Prinia fluvial
Taxonomy:

Prinia fluviatilis

Chappuis

, 1974,

N’Djamena, Chad

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See P. inornata. In small samples, birds from Chad had shorter tarsus (17 mm) than birds from Senegal (18–20), but uncertain whether this is of any taxonomic significance. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Mauritania and W Senegambia E very locally (mainly on R Niger and around L Chad) to W Chad; also NW Kenya (Lokichokio)#R.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; c. 8 g. A small, slender unstreaked prinia with fairly long, graduated tail. In breeding plumage, has white supercilium contrasting with blackish-brown lores... read more

Voice

Song, from quite exposed perch 1–3 m up (usually above water), also low down in vegetation,... read more

Habitat

Restricted to Sahel biome; occurs in swamp vegetation near permanent waters, including reeds (but... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects. Forages by gleaning and occasionally fluttering down to catch prey, but not observed to hawk insects or hover-glean. In NW... read more

Breeding

Breeds in Aug–Nov in Senegal. Solitary, but two active nests found 5 m apart in Gambia; usually strongly territorial. Nest a deep... read more

Movements

Little known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common at several sites, especially along R Niger in E Mali and SW Niger, and around L Chad. Recently observed at Lokichokio, in NW Kenya,... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). River Prinia (Prinia fluviatilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58595 on 23 August 2019).