Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica

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

Diet and Foraging

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Main Foods Taken

Primarily insectivorous (1).

Food Capture and Consumption

Usually forages in pairs or in family parties of five or so, often with small mixed-species flocks composed of Gray-breasted Prinia (P. hodgsonii), Tawny-bellied Babblers (Dumetia hyperythra), and Yellow-eyed Babblers (Chrysomma sinense). Generally keeps well hidden, low in scrubby cover. Feeds close to ground, climbing up stalks or inside bushes; gleans items from both leaves and the ground (8, 1).


Major Food Items

Very little known. Takes variety of small invertebrates, chiefly insects and their larvae. Recorded items include small spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), and lepidopteran caterpillars. Small amounts of vegetable matter also found in stomachs (1).

Food Selection and Storage

No published information.

Nutrition and Energetics

No published information.

Metabolism and Temperature Regulation

No published information.

Drinking, Pellet-Casting, and Defecation

No published information.

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