Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Black-chested Prinia (Prinia flavicans) - HBW 11, p. 439

French: Prinia à plastron German: Brustbandprinie Spanish: Prinia Pechinegra

Taxonomy: Sylvia flavicans Vieillot, 1820, Great Namaqualand, Namibia.
Occasionally hybridizes with P. maculosa in W South Africa. Geographical variation rather subtle; SE populations of nominate race (Northern Province S to Free State, in N South Africa), on average darker above in non-breeding plumage, sometimes separated as race ortleppi. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bihe Boulton & Vincent, 1936 - S Angola and W Zambia.
  • ansorgei W. L. Sclater, 1927 - desert coast of SW Angola and N Namibia.
  • flavicans (Vieillot, 1820) - Namibia, W & C Botswana and W South Africa.
  • nubilosa Clancey, 1957 - NE Namibia, N & E Botswana, SW Zambia, W Zimbabwe and E South Africa.