French: Prinia crinigère German: Bergprinie Spanish: Prinia estriada
[Pomatorhinus?] Prinia? criniger, Suya criniger
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. striatula
(A. O. Hume, 1873) – E Afghanistan (Jalalabad and Nuristan) and hills of W Pakistan (Salt Range S to SE Baluchistan).
P. c. crinigera
Hodgson, 1836 – Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh).
P. c. catharia
Reichenow, 1908 – NE India (S & E Assam, Nagaland, Manipur), N & W Myanmar and S & C China (N & W Yunnan, S Shaanxi, SW Sichuan, Hunan, Guizhou).
P. c. parvirostris
(La Touche, 1922) – SE Yunnan (S China).
P. c. parumstriata
(David & Oustalet, 1877) – SE & C China from S Jiangsu and Anhui S to Guangxi and Guangdong, W in Yangtze Valley to N Hunan and Red Basin of Sichuan.
P. c. striata
Swinhoe, 1859 – Taiwan.
16 cm; 14–17 g. A large, strong-billed drab prinia with long, strongly graduated, pointed tail; distinct non-breeding and breeding plumages, the latter created... read more
Song a jaunty, rhythmic wheezy or rasping phrase, repeated quickly three or four times, may be... read more
Open grassy hillsides and mountainsides with scattered shrubs, especially Berberis; also... read more
Food and feeding
Food invertebrates, especially insects and their larvae. Normally shy and retiring, typically alone or in pairs, foraging on or near ground... read more
Season May–Oct, most laying in May or Jul and Aug, during wet season. Has undulating song flight. Nest constructed by both sexes,... read more
Generally considered resident; also an altitudinal migrant, many making post-breeding descent to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally numerous throughout most of its extensive range; rare and little known at W limit of range, in Afghanistan, where only a handful of records,... read more
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