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Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)


Grey-breasted Prinia, Prinia hodgsonii

The Grey-breasted Prinia, Prinia hodgsonii, is a small warbler.



This prinia is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka and southeast Asia.

This skulking passerine bird is typically found in open woodland, scrub jungle, and other open areas with some grass.



These 11-to-13-centimetre (4 to 5 in) 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 no supercilium, a black eye stripe and orange eyering. They have a rufous wing panel. Grey-breasted Prinia’s underparts are white with a grey breast band. The sexes are identical.

Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)

Non-breeding birds have browner upperpart plumage and a white supercilium, but lack the breast band. Young birds are like non-breeding adults but more rufous above. There are a number of subspecies. The distinctive greyer endemic race in Sri Lanka, P. h. leggei, retains summer-type plumage all year round.


Diet / Feeding

Like most warblers, Grey-breasted Prinia is insectivorous.


Song / Vocalization

The song is a repetitive chiwee-chiwee-chiwee-chip-chip-chip.


Nesting / Breeding

Grey-breasted Prinia builds its nest in tall grass and lays 3–4 eggs.

Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii albogularis)


Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii)


  • BirdLife International (2004). Prinia hodgsonii. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  • Warblers of Europe, Asia and North Africa by Baker, ISBN 0-7136-3971-7
  • Birds of India by Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6


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