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The ashy prinia

Prinia socialis


These 13–14 cm long warblers have short rounded wings and longish graduated cream tail tipped with black subterminal spots. The tail is usually held upright and the strong legs are used for clambering about and hopping on the ground. They have a short black bill. The crown is grey and the underparts are rufous in most plumages. In breeding plumage, adults of the northern population are ash grey above, with a black crown and cheek with no supercilium and rufescent wings. In non-breeding season, this population has a short and narrow white supercilium and the tail is longer.


Found this bird in a shrub and they were feeding on flying termites along with other birds like drongos, swallows, bulbuls and surprisingly sunbirds( feeding on insects!)

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Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 3 years ago

Thanks Ingrid :)

Ingrid3 3 years ago

really neat pic! love the tail display

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 3 years ago

Thanks Pradeep :)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 3 years ago

Nice one!

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 3 years ago

Thanks DanielePralong :)

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Lovely series Nidhin Basheer! And thanks for having filled in the information about habitat :-)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 3 years ago

Thanks Sukanya :)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 3 years ago

Thanks Leuba Ridgway :)

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Yes...Ashy Prinia. Prinia socialis
Very active bird...hardly ever sits still....used to see them a lot in Delhi. the undersurface of the tail has such a pretty pattern!.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

Looks like it. That's a lovely photo of this gorgeous little bird. Could you please put the scientific name and tell us where you spotted it. Looks like it's on a thorny acacia shrub. Thanks.

Nidhin Basheer
Spotted by
Nidhin Basheer

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Oct 7, 2016
Submitted on Oct 7, 2016

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