Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Rufous-vented Prinia (Prinia burnesii) - HBW 11, p. 429

French: Prinia de Burnes German: Schweifprinie Spanish: Prinia de Burnes
Other common names: (Western) Long-tailed Prinia/Grass-warbler

Taxonomy: Eu[rycercus]. Burnseii Blyth, 1844, Sind, Pakistan.
Forms a species pair with P. cinerascens, both being vocally distinct from other members of genus. The two were formerly considered conspecific, and songs are remarkably similar, but they differ in size, tail length, bill and plumage coloration, and egg colour (in present species white, faintly tinged green, with dark profuse brown speckling), and are also geographically isolated from each other. Monotypic.

Distribution: Pakistan (plains of R Indus and its tributaries S from S parts of NWFP and Punjab) and adjacent NW India (riversides of W Punjab, sporadicallly E to Delhi).

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