Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-fronted Prinia (Prinia buchanani)


French: Prinia à front roux German: Roststirnprinie Spanish: Prinia frentirrufa

P[rinia]. Buchanani


, 1844,

Jalna, Maharashtra, India




C & S Pakistan (from Peshawar S to SE Baluchistan) E to N & C India (E to W Bihar, S to C Maharashtra and Telangana).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 5–9 g. A dull-coloured small prinia with long and graduated dark tail; unlike many other prinias, undergoes complete pre-breeding moult. In fresh non-breeding... read more


Freely utters prolonged descending rippling trills and “chirrup” contact calls while foraging. Song... read more


Semi-desert plains and foothills with scrub, including dry fields with scattered shrubs, stony semi... read more

Food and feeding

Food small invertebrates, chiefly insects and their larvae, gleaned from leaves and on ground. Generally in small parties of five or six... read more


Breeds during wet season late Jun to Sept, earlier in W of range, where reported Mar–Aug; rarely, nests found in Oct and Dec. Nest... read more


Resident over most of range; at N & W limits in Pakistan (Peshawar in NW Frontier and foothills... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common over most of its range, both in Pakistan and in India. Although this species prefers natural semi-desert habitats over man-made... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Rufous-fronted Prinia (Prinia buchanani). 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 17 September 2019).