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Drakensberg Prinia - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Saffron-breasted Prinia

P. m. hypoxantha
Photo by Alan Manson
Highmoor, central KwaZulu-Natal, Drakensberg, South Africa, May 2007
Prinia hypoxantha


13-15 cm long (mass 10 g)
Round wings, long tail, short, straight black bill. White eyebrow, brown upperparts, white throat and lower face, yellow-white slightly streaked underparts, pink-brown legs and feet, dark brown eye.
Sexes identical.
Juveniles more yellow below and less streaked.

Similar Species

Generally more yellow and less streaked than Karoo Prinia.


Found in South Africa from Transvaal to Natal, in Lesotho and eastern Cape Province.


Formery considered conspecific with Karoo Prinia. This is a monotypic species[1].


Shrublands, coastal and mountain scrub, rank grass, weedy areas, thickets and gardens.



It builds a thin-walled oval nest with a side entrance from green grass.


Diet includes insects.


  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. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533

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