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Bar-winged Prinia - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies prinia
Photo by Mehd Halaouate
Bogor Botanical Gardens, West Java, August 2004
Prinia familiaris


13 cm
A medium sized prinia with long tail
White bars on wings.
Olive-green upperparts
Throat and center chest white
Body side greyish
Belly and vent yellowish.
Iris brown
Upper mandible grey, lower mandible yellowish
Legs pink.

Similar Species

Yellow-bellied Prinia, which lacks the white wing bars.


Southeast Asia: found in Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sundas, Bali



There are 2 subspecies:[1]

  • P. f. prinia:
  • Lowlands of Sumatra, western Java and Karimunjawa Islands
  • P. f. familiaris:


Gardens, open areas with trees and bushes including mangrove forest and secondary growth, plantations and parkland. From sea level to 900 m in Sumatra with one recorded at 2000 m and in Java and Bali, they have been recorded up to 1500 m.



Their diet consists mainly of insects and larvae. Foraging in parties of up to 12–15 noisy individuals. At the beginning of the breeding season they split up into individual or pairs. Forages on ground and by gathering their food from leaves up to the treetops.


Recorded all year round, but mainly from March to June in Java. The nest has a long, domed rectangular shape with an entrance at the top. It is fastened with plant fibres and spider webs, close to the ground in low trees and bushes. 2 to 4 eggs.


Loud voice with a high pitched and repetitive “chweet-chweet-chweet”.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)

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