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Alternative names: Spotted Prinia

Subspecies P. m. maculosa
Photo by kennekam
Algeria, Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa, March 2005
Prinia maculosa


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 streaked underparts, pink-brown legs and feet, dark brown eye.

Sexes identical. Juveniles more yellow below and less streaked.


South Africa


Drakensberg Prinia was formerly considered a subspecies of this species.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. maculosa:
  • P. m. psammophila: is paler above than nominate
South-western Namibia and northwestern South Africa (western Northern Cape)
  • P. m. exultans: is more heavily streaked than nominate


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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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