Ashy Prinia

Ashy Prinia

(Prinia socialis)

Size: 13-15 cm

Area: Widespread resident over much of the region except the Himalayas

Habitat: Reedbeds, Scrubland, Dense Vegetation or even Gardens

Breeding Plumage adult – Note the absent white supercilium

Description: A very common sighting across much of India. Can be easily spotted around any cultivation, bushy area or even in your backyard.


In Breeding adults, crown and back are ashy-grey with brown wings. The throat and breast are white with rufous underparts. Non-Breeding birds develop a narrow, white supercilium and the tail gets longer. The bill is short and black in colour.

Non-Breeding Plumage adult – Note the white supercilium

There is no sexual dimorphism.

They are found solitary or in pairs, foraging mostly in the shrubs and scrubs.

Breeding Plumage adult

Food: Ashy Prinia is an insectivorous bird and would take just about any insect for a meal

Call: A variety of jimmy…jimmy…jimmy, tee…tee…tee or zeet…zeet….zeet

IUCN Status: LC – Least Concern

~Arjun Basandrai

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