Tawny-flanked Prinia

It is 10-13 centimetres in length with a long, narrow, graduated tail and a fairly long, slender bill. The tail is often held erect or waved from side to side. The upperparts are grey-brown with rufous-brown edges to the flight feathers and a rufous tinge to the rump. The throat and breast are whitish while the flanks and vent are warm buff. There is a whitish stripe over the eye and the lores are dark. The tail feathers have a white tip and a dark subterminal band.

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The Tawny-flanked Prinia is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava is the commonest member of its family, and is found in the “old world” from western Africa right across the northern hemisphere as far as China. It is typically found in rank grassland, and is common in gardens, scrub, fields, and secondary, degraded habitats (which no doubt explains why it is so widespread). Birds call frequently, and their buzzing, repetitive “zzzrrt, zzzrrt, zzzrrt” is often the most commonly heard call on a day’s birding. More

(The Tawny-flanked Prinia nests in herbage and lays 2–4 eggs.) These 13–14 cm long warblers have short rounded wings, a longish tail, strong legs and a short black bill. In breeding plumage, adults are grey-brown above, with a short white supercilium and rufous fringes on the closed wings. Underparts are whitish-buff. The sexes are identical. In winter, the upperparts are a warmer brown, and the underparts more buff. The tail is longer than in summer. More

The Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava) is a small passerine bird belonging to the genus Prinia in the family Cisticolidae, a family of warblers. It is widespread and common in most parts of Africa south of the Sahara. The Plain Prinia (P. inornata) of southern Asia was formerly included in this species but is now usually considered to be a separate species. More

Distribution of Tawny-flanked prinia in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2. Food It mainly eats invertebrates, foraging on bare ground and in the undergrowth, sometimes along with other species in a foraging flock. More

The Tawny-flanked Prinia is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Cisticolidae bird family group which includes birds such as African Warblers. The description for the Tawny-flanked Prinia (Latin name Prinia subflava) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Prinia subflava can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 683 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 842. More

The Tawny-flanked Prinia (Latin name Prinia subflava) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 683 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 842 also a picture of the Tawny-flanked Prinia on page 865. The Tawny-flanked Prinia belongs to the family of birds classified as Cisticolidae. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Cisticolidae
Genus : Prinia
Species : subflava
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)