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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Prinias are small insectivorous birds belonging to the Old World warbler family Sylviidae.

The prinias are sometimes referred to as wren-warblers. They are a little known group of the tropical and subtropical Old World, the roughly thirty species being divided fairly equally between Africa and Asia.

These are birds mainly of open habitats such as long grass or scrub, in which they are not easily seen. They are mainly resident, migration being limited to local cold weather movements. Non-breeding birds may form small flocks.

Prinias have short wings but long tapering tails. They are fairly drab birds, brown or grey above (sometimes with dark streaks) and whitish below. Some species have different breeding and non-breeding plumages. The bill is a typical insectivore's, thin and slightly curved.

Species list:

Family Silviidae (sometimes separated as part of a new family Cisticolidae)

  • Rufous-vented Prinia, Prinia burnesii
  • Swamp Prinia, Prinia cinerascens
  • Striated Prinia, Prinia criniger
  • Brown Prinia, Prinia polychroa
  • Hill Prinia, Prinia atrogularis
  • Gray-crowned Prinia, Prinia cinereocapilla
  • Rufous-fronted Prinia, Prinia buchanani
  • Rufescent Prinia, Prinia rufescens
  • Gray-breasted Prinia, Prinia hodgsonii
  • Bar-winged Prinia, Prinia familiaris
  • Graceful Prinia, Prinia gracilis
  • Jungle Prinia, Prinia sylvatica
  • Yellow-bellied Prinia, Prinia flaviventris
  • Ashy Prinia, Prinia socialis
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia, Prinia subflava
  • Plain Prinia[?], Prinia inornata
  • Pale Prinia, Prinia somalica
  • River Prinia, Prinia fluviatilis
  • Black-chested Prinia, Prinia flavicans
  • Karoo Prinia, Prinia maculosa
  • Drakensberg Prinia, Prinia hypoxantha
  • Namaqua Prinia, Prinia substriata
  • Sao Tome Prinia, Prinia molleri
  • Roberts' Prinia, Prinia robertsi
  • Sierra Leone Prinia, Prinia leontica
  • White-chinned Prinia, Prinia leucopogon
  • Banded Prinia, Prinia bairdii
  • Red-winged Prinia Prinia erythroptera

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