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Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler

Prinia socialis


The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler (Prinia socialis), is a small warbler. This prinia is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar. It is a common bird in urban gardens and farmland in many parts of India and its small size, distinctive colours and upright tail make it easy to identify. The northern populations have a rufous rump and back and have a distinct breeding and non-breeding plumage while other populations lack such variation.


This passerine bird is found in dry open grassland, open woodland, scrub and in home gardens in many cities. The northern limits of the species are along the Himalayan foothills extending into the upper Indus river system. The species is absent from the dry desert zone of the west of India and extends east into Burma.

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Liam 12 years ago
Ashy Prinia
Prinia socialis Ashy Prinia

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1 Comment

pamsai 12 years ago

thanks Liam. Never heard of this little bird before. It acted a bit like a Willie wag-tail, 'wagging it's tail' a lot!

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on May 7, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012

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