Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica

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


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Favors dry scrubby bush-jungle with boulders and grassland intermixed, boulder-strewn hillsides, and ravines; shuns cultivation. In northwest India, found in stony semiarid grassland and euphorbia scrub around erosion ravines. In the peninsula, boulder-strewn hillsides with grass and thorn scrub are favored habitats. In Sri Lanka, found in similar habitats, but also tea plantations, fern growth, and the undergrowth around ricefields (1).

In the Eastern Ghats, Price reported it as common in dry scrub on slopes and up to hill tops, with Plain Prinia (P. inornata) replacing it in wetter areas (6). In Pune district, Maharashtra, India, however, the two coexist on the tops of hills, even within Pune city. The Jungle Prinia tends to occupy higher perches whereas P. inornata occurs lower down in the grassy understory (7). Reaches 1,000 m in northern India and 1,500 m in the south; to 1,800 m in Sri Lanka.

Habitat in Breeding Range

Generally sedentary within similar habitat across seasons.

Habitat in Nonbreeding Range

See above.

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