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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by svenky1962
Hebbal, Bangalore, India, Jul 2006
Prinia socialis


Subspecies P. s. stewarti, breeding plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, July-2016

13-14 cm

  • Ash grey above
  • Black eye stripe
  • White underparts
  • Yellow flanks
  • Short rounded wings
  • Long tail - in non-breeding plumage; tail is significantly shorter in breeding plumage.
  • Strong legs
  • Short black bill

Sexes identical. Male develops a blacker bill and mouth in the breeding season;


Asia: found in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • P. s. stewarti:
  • P. s. inglisi:
  • P. s. socialis:
  • P. s. brevicauda:
Nominate subspecies, non-breeding plumage
Photo © by mehtasa
Near Uran, Maharashtra,India, March 2009


Wetlands, scrub, grasslands and gardens up to 400 feet



The diet includes insects.


The nest is formed from leaves stitched together with webs and hair, it's placed close to the ground in a shrub or tall grass. Three to five pointed oval very glossy, chestnut or red eggs are laid. Both parents share incubation and feeding the young.


The song is a repetitive tchup, tchup, tchup or zeet-zeet-zeet.

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur Village, Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Aug.-2016
Call given just before Sunset, in farmland and adjacent wilderness and Tamarisk scrub.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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