Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

White-chinned Prinia (Schistolais leucopogon)


French: Apalis à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Feinsänger Spanish: Prinia gorjiblanca

Drymoeca leucopogon


, 1875,

Chinchoxo, Cabinda, Angola


Sometimes considered conspecific with S. leontica, but differs in size, plumage and call; sister-species status supported by genetic analysis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. l. leucopogon (Cabanis, 1875) – SE Nigeria, Cameroon, S Central African Republic and DRCongo (except C, E & SE) S to N Angola and N Zambia.
  • S. l. reichenowi (Hartlaub, 1890) – E DRCongo, S South Sudan, Uganda, SW Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and NW & W Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm; 10–15 g. A medium-sized, prinia-like warbler with conspicuous white throat and strongly graduated tail. Nominate race has crown and upperparts slate-grey,... read more


    Song, often from exposed perch, occasionally up to 30 m high, a series of whistled notes or harsher... read more


    Forest edge, riparian woodland, gallery forest, bracken and thickets, often near water; also dense... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly small insects and other invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and spiders (Araneae).... read more


    Breeds Apr–Sept in W Africa and Oct–Mar in C Africa; virtually all year (during and after both rainy seasons) in E Africa.... read more


    Little known; presumably mostly resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon, but locally common. In Gabon, one group per 15 ha.

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). White-chinned Prinia (Schistolais leucopogon). 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 September 2019).