Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa) - HBW 11, p. 439

French: Prinia du Karroo German: Fleckenprinie Spanish: Prinia del Karoo

Taxonomy: Motacilla maculosa Boddaert, 1783, Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with P. hypoxantha; often considered conspecific, but little evidence of intergradation where the two meet (other than around Mt Currie, in East Griqualand). Occasionally hybridizes with P. flavicans in W South Africa. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • psammophila Clancey, 1963 - SW Namibia and Namaqualand coastal plain of South Africa (S to R Olifants).
  • exultans Clancey, 1982 - inland in extreme S Namibia, South Africa (Great Karoo, S Free State, Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
  • maculosa (Boddaert, 1783) - S South Africa (from Western Cape E to Humansdorp).