Skip to Content

Prinia: Karoo (Spotted)

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa

Moderator: hilda

User avatar
francoisd
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1937
Joined: Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:38 pm

Prinia: Karoo (Spotted)

Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:01 pm

Karoo Prinia [Spotted Prinia] (Prinia maculosa)
Image

Not the best image, had to do a considerable crop on the original photo.
Wide distribution and common in West Coast National Park

Other Names
Afrikaans: Karoolangstertjie
Dutch: Karoo-prinia
German: Fleckenprinie, Gelbbauchprinie
Portuguese: Prínia-malhada
French: Prinia du Karroo
"The measure of life is not its duration but its donation." - Peter Marshall
www.flickr.com/groups/birdssa

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9943
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2013)
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:02 pm

This cheerful songster can be seen almost wherever there is a decent piece of fynbos.
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4141
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:28 am

This one has me totally flummoxed! I saw it at Kirstenbosch on 11 October 2007. I'd thought it was a Karoo robin, and then I noticed that it has pale, pinkish legs. So now I have no idea what it might be ... can anyone help?

ImageImage

Thanks!
RSA 2015
1-30 June Darling
30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town

User avatar
deefstes
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 749
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:43 pm
Location: Jo'burg

Unread postby deefstes » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:34 pm

Hi Arks,

The long tail, slender bill and supercillium all point straight to Prinia and I would think this one is a Karoo Prinia.
"Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel." -Homer Simpson

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4141
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Unread postby arks » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:12 am

I'm hoping I've learned a bit and am getting this ID right, I'm thinking it's a Karoo prinia? I saw the bird on 16 October 2007 at WCNP.

ImageImage

It appeared to be collecting berries!

Image
RSA 2015
1-30 June Darling
30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town

User avatar
deefstes
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 749
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:43 pm
Location: Jo'burg

Unread postby deefstes » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:00 am

Youbetcha
"Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel." -Homer Simpson

User avatar
arks
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4141
Joined: Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:53 pm
Location: Cambridge, MA (and home from home in Darling, WC)

Prinia, Karoo

Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:13 pm

Is this one also a Karoo prinia?
ImageImage

Thanks!
RSA 2015
1-30 June Darling
30 June-8 July National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
8-15 July Mountain Zebra
16-22 July Cape Town

User avatar
deefstes
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 749
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:43 pm
Location: Jo'burg

Unread postby deefstes » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:23 pm

yes :wink:
"Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel." -Homer Simpson

User avatar
Batmad
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2729
Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:05 pm
Location: Looking for Bats...

Re: Karoo Prinia (Spotted Prinia)

Unread postby Batmad » Sat Sep 06, 2008 3:36 pm

no pic, but i saw mine in golden gate :D
Avid birder, wildlife enthusiast and photographer with a special interest in Bats and Birds

2014 Birding Big Year- A 365 Day quest for 800 Species of Southern African Birds

User avatar
CurtisDillon
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 148
Joined: Thu Dec 08, 2005 2:27 pm
Location: Sir Lowry's Pass

Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby CurtisDillon » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:05 pm

Is this a Grey-Backed Cisticola?

1
Image
Conservation is the lifeblood of nature!

West Coast National Park 22 November 2009

User avatar
Niall
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 314
Joined: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:10 pm
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:29 pm

1. Looks like a Karoo Prinia to me

User avatar
Rusty Justy
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2626
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:11 pm
Location: Sunninghill(JHB), Vaalwater & Beauty(Waterberg), Grahamstown(E.C)

Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:49 pm

I agree with Niall, Karoo Prinia. :thumbs_up:
:dance: STIFFNECKS MEMBER :dance:

FGASA LEVEL 1

User avatar
Rookie
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 304
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:18 am
Location: Cape Town

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:10 pm

I am convinced that the ones that I am going to ask for confirmation/ IDs on will not spark the debate that the CLC or YTLC has.

These were taken in Cape Town during the last week:

Is this a Karoo Prinia
Image

Easy for you all I am sure.
Ta
KNP - 17 - 20 Oct 2014 (P'kop/ Croc Bridge/ Lower Sabie)
KNP - 8-16 Nov 2014 (Tamboti/ Mopani/ Shipindani/ LS/ Skukuza/ P'kop)
KTP - 26/12 - 2/1/15

User avatar
adrianp
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 275
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:18 am

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby adrianp » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:28 pm

Hi Rookie

1 is correct, karoo prinia

User avatar
Rookie
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 304
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:18 am
Location: Cape Town

Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:31 pm

Thanks Adrianp, well I get to tick off some more then! This is fun! :dance: :dance:
KNP - 17 - 20 Oct 2014 (P'kop/ Croc Bridge/ Lower Sabie)
KNP - 8-16 Nov 2014 (Tamboti/ Mopani/ Shipindani/ LS/ Skukuza/ P'kop)
KTP - 26/12 - 2/1/15


Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”