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Yellow-bellied Prinia - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies P. f. rafflesi
Photo by Rosnan yahya
Malaysia, January 2004
Prinia flaviventris


Subspecies P. f. sindiana
Photo by amaizlish
Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi, India, February 2011

12–14 cm (4¾-5½ in)

  • Grey crown, nape and side of head
  • Olive green upperparts
  • White throat and breast
  • Yellow belly
  • Long graduated tail
  • White eyebrows
  • Red eye

Sexes similar

  • Brown upperparts brown
  • White tip to tail
  • Yellow underparts


Subspecies P. f. sonitans
Photo by Dave 2x
Taipei, Taiwan, November 2012

Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, eastern and western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Singapore, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra and Java.



There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • P. f. sindiana:
  • P. f. flaviventris:
  • P. f. delacouri:
  • P. f. sonitans:
  • P. f. rafflesi:
  • P. f. halistona:
  • Nias Island (off Sumatra)
  • P. f. latrunculus:


Low bushes and tall grasses, riverine floodplains, reeds and sedges, marshes, canals, scrubland and paddyfields.



An untidy ball nest is built at the bottom of tall grass. Grass and leaves are tied around the stems. The clutch consists of 3-4 reddish eggs.


The diet includes insects, small flies, crickets and ants etc.

Juvenile with brown upperparts, subspecies P. f. sindiana
Photo by Alok Tewari
Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, January-2018


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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