Prinia, Tawny-flanked

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Prinia, Tawny-flanked

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The Tawny-flanked Prinia, Prinia subflava, is the commonest member of its family. It is typically resident in rank grassland, in gardens, scrub, fields and secondary, degraded habitats throughout sub-Saharan Africa down to the north eastern third of South Africa as far down as the eastern Cape.

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They are noisy and conspicuous, generally found in pairs, sometimes solitary. They often get up close to people.

It feeds on insects and the nectar of some aloes.
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Saw no less than 5 of these in a single bush in Pretoria yesterday afternoon. They were very vocal and I have found that they seem to be more obvious in winter time.
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Seen at Lake Panic in Feb.

It was busy nesting and at one stage had some anxious moments when female Thickbilled Weavers tried to take over the nest. :wink:


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Once again I need some help :lol:
We saw this little fellow at Sweni Bird Hide in May.
It was quite hard to take a nice pic :roll: as he was hopping around the low level bushes ...

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It is a beautiful picture, Katydownunder!

Look at the rufous coloration on the wing there as well as the whitish eye stripe and breast and dusky colored lores. I would say Tawnyflanked Prinia and looking at the bill perhaps go as far as to say that the yellowish coloration points to a young bird as well.

The cocked tail is also a typical behavior of it.
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This Tawny-flanked Prinia seen at Ratelpan Hide in March this year.

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Please can you please confirm the ID of this little chap seen in Kruger in Kruger.
I was thinking Tawny-flanked Prinia?

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Elsa- Tawney Flanked Prinia
You can see he does not have any markings above thus ruling out Rattling Cisticola :D
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I wonder if you guys can help when I've got no picture.

There's a couple of prinias that's loudly been chrrpt chrrpt chrrpt-ing away outside my office window about 8 m away. I've got no binocs with me at work so I can't get a closer look, but from checking what kinds of prinias occur in the Pretoria area and the colouring I've narrowed it down to two options:

1. tawnyflanked prinia
2. blackchested prinia buff form, non-breeding.

I'm about 90% sure it's the tawnyflank, but it's supposed to favour "understorey of broadleafed woodland, and thick rank vegetation adjoining water", while the blackchested prinia likes "arid scrub, thornveld, exotic plantations and suburban gardens".

The sighting is on top of an arid, rocky koppie. The prinia is jumping around in a patch of Senecios (herbs between knee and hip high), and closeby trees includes Karee and Transvaal milkplum ("stamvrug") - typical Pretoria-koppie vegetation.

Will the blackchested prinias be in non-breeding colours at this time of year, or can I assume that it's a tawnyflank?
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

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Hi Dabchick,

Your description of the call fits Tawny-Flanked perfectly. You will have to start taking your bins to work with you :lol: Don't let the boss catch you though :D
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:hmz: I have 3... maybe the 2 last are the same... maybe

1) Lake panic - 11.5.2011

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1. Tawny-flanked Prinia
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Hi there - I would appreciate some help identifying the following 2 birds...... (Taken in November 2011)

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Photograph above taken at Lake Panic. I'm swaying towards Tawny-Flanked Prinia, but would appreciate another opinion.

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Photograph above was taken at Skukuza, near the restaurant/river walkway. Was a very tiny bird, very skittish and always on the move in the dense undergrowth. I'm stumped for an ID on this one... Anyone?

Thanks for your help in identifying.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

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Johan van Rensburg wrote:Dave, the first one is a tawny-flanked prinia.


Thanks Johan

The second one, I just don't see enough detail to make a call... Sorry.


That's the problem, this is the best photograph I managed to get of it - too many leaves/twigs in the way, and it was TINY. Thanks for taking the time to look.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

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I think your second bird is a green backed camaroptera (formerly bleating warbler). It can be approached, but stays within and around the undergrowth. It calls frequently.
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