Graceful prinia

Territorial and defends its territory aggressively against other birds

Assaf Levy

A charming small bird species that graces a vast geographical range spanning South Asia, Southeast Asia, and parts of East Asia. Its slender build, elongated tail, and distinctive coloration make it easily recognizable in its varied habitats, which include grasslands, scrublands, and open woodlands. Despite its diminutive size, the Graceful prinia possesses remarkable adaptability, thriving in diverse ecosystems across its range.

One of the most striking features of the Graceful prinia is its agile and acrobatic foraging behavior. These birds are highly skilled hunters, adept at capturing insects and small invertebrates as they flit and dart through the vegetation. Their slender bills and quick movements enable them to exploit a wide range of prey items, making them efficient and resourceful hunters in their environments.

In addition to their foraging prowess, Graceful prinias are renowned for their sweet and melodious songs. Their vocalizations serve multiple purposes, including communication within social groups, mate attraction, and territorial defense. The intricate melodies of their songs resonate through the grasslands and woodlands, adding to the vibrant tapestry of sounds in their habitats.

Despite their small size, Graceful prinias play an important ecological role in their ecosystems. As insectivores, they help regulate insect populations, contributing to the balance of their respective ecosystems. Furthermore, their presence as prey species supports the survival of avian predators and other higher trophic levels within the food web.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Bahrain
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Cyprus
2016
Non-Breeding
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kuwait
2016
Lebanon
2016
Nepal
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Qatar
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Somalia
2016
Sudan
2016
Syria
2016
Turkey
2016
UAE
2016
Yemen
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No