Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Sierra Leone Prinia (Schistolais leontica) - HBW 11, p. 487

French: Prinia du Sierra Leone German: Wei├čaugenprinie Spanish: Prinia de Sierra Leona
Other common names: White-eyed Prinia

Taxonomy: Prinia leontica Bates, 1930, Birwa Peak, Sierra Leone.
Previously placed in genus Prinia, but differs in calls, behaviour and plumage; genetic evidence suggests closer relationship to Apalis and Camaroptera. Sometimes considered a race of S. leucopogon, but differs in size, plumage and call; sister-species status supported by genetic analysis. Monotypic.

Distribution: Locally in highlands of Guinea, Sierra Leone, N Liberia and SW Ivory Coast.

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