Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-crowned Prinia (Prinia khasiana)


French: Prinia à calotte rousse German: Rostscheitelprinie Spanish: Prinia coronirrufa

Suya khasiana


, 1876,

Khasi Hills, south of the Brahmaputra River, Assam


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. atrogularis (and often with P. superciliaris), but in breeding plumage differs (from P. atrogularis) by its dull rufous vs dark grey-brown crown, with similar vs mid-grey-brown upperparts (2); black of throat extending only to upper breast, not to upper belly (2); with broader, more plentiful white spots across breast (2); tail with broader vanes (at least 1); song at least mildly distinctive (at least 1)#R; overall more distinctive than P. atrogularis from P. superciliaris. Monotypic.


NE India (from E Meghalaya and S Assam E to SW Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills, Mt Victoria).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. A large prinia with rather slender, slightly decurved bill and very long graduated, pointed tail. Distinguished from very similar P. crinigera by... read more


Song is similar to that of P. atrogularis, but differs in being shriller and much less... read more


Occupies hillside scrub, bracken, grass and forest clearings; at 300–1800 m in S Assam, but reaches... read more

Food and feeding

Diet chiefly insects and their larvae. Usually encountered singly or in pairs, and typically very skulking, but forages also in noisy... read more


Seemingly very few data have been published, but most aspects of the breeding biology are presumably similar to those of formerly... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Eastern Himalayas EBA. Common to locally common over its comparatively small range (c. 192,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rufous-crowned Prinia (Prinia khasiana). 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 on 23 August 2019).