Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica

Anand Krishnan and Steve Madge
Version: 2.0 — Published September 17, 2020


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More sluggish and less hyperactive than other members of the genus. Tends also to be shyer than the similar Plain Prinia (P. inornata), particularly in the breeding season (2).


Walking, Running, Hopping, Climbing, etc.

Characteristic of the genus, hops through bushes and grasses, flicking its tail up and down or from side to side. Generally skulking and difficult to observe, diving under cover when alarmed, except during the breeding season when singing (1).


Flight is jerky, much like those of its relatives (1).


No published information.

Agonistic Behavior

No published information.


No published information. Presumably territorial, but territory size unknown.

Sexual Behavior

No published information.

Social and Interspecific Behavior

Presumably territorial, with singing males separated from each other. Has been observed to chase smaller species of sympatric Prinia, presumably in competition for singing perches (7).


No published information. Shares its habitat with Shikra (Accipiter badius) and other Accipiters (2), which may prey upon it. In Pune, Jungle Prinias have been observed mobbing shrikes and cuckoos in the monsoon season (AK). Further research may indicate interspecific interactions both with potential predators and brood parasites. The author has observed feral cats hunting this species within the city of Pune, which deserves more study (AK).

Recommended Citation

Krishnan, A. and S. Madge (2020). Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.junpri1.02