French: Prinia roussâtre German: Rostprinie Spanish: Prinia rojiza
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. rufescens
Blyth, 1847 –
E & NE India (from Sikkim and adjacent N West Bengal E to Arunachal Pradesh, and from Meghalaya E to Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram; also Simlipal Hills in NE Odisha and Alluri Sitaramaraju Forest in N Andhra Pradesh), Bhutan, C & E Bangladesh, S China (SE Xizang, W & S Yunnan, SW Guangxi) and N, W & C Myanmar.
P. r. beavani
Walden, 1867 – SE Myanmar and Thailand (except SE and peninsula) E to N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
P. r. peninsularis
Deignan, 1942 – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and S Thailand.
P. r. extrema
Deignan, 1942 – extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
P. r. objurgans
Deignan, 1942 – SE Thailand and S Cambodia.
P. r. dalatensis
(Riley, 1940) – SC & S Vietnam.
11–12 cm; 6–7 g. A rather contrastingly patterned small prinia with moderately long, graduated tail; unlike many congeners, appears to have two complete moults... read more
Song a rhythmic “ti’chew, ti’chew, ti’chew, ti’chew, ti’chew... read more
Favours grassy areas in open forest, but occupies wide range of bushy and grassy habitats, from... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects and their larvae, gleaned from leaves and on the ground. Usually forages in parties of up to 12–15 individuals... read more
Season Jan–Sept across range; in India, nesting recorded Apr–Sept but concentrated in May and Jun at onset of wet season. Nest... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common over most of its range. In India, status of seemingly isolated population in Orissa in need of clarification; a record also from... read more
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