Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Striated Prinia (Prinia crinigera) - HBW 11, p. 429

French: Prinia crinigère German: Bergprinie Spanish: Prinia Estriada
Other common names: Hill Prinia(!), Brown/David’s Hill Warbler

Taxonomy: [Pomatorhinus?] Prinia? criniger, Suya criniger Hodgson, 1836, Nepal.
Forms a species pair with P. polychroa; long considered conspecific, and the two are vocally very similar, but they differ in habitat and altitude preferences, as well as in breeding plumages, and more or less replace each other geographically. Race parumstriata intergrades with catharia in Sichuan (C China). Dark birds from Meghalaya (NE India) described as race assamica, currently merged with catharia but possibly worthy of recognition. Species name is a Latin adjective and must agree with current genus name. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • striatula (Hume, 1873) - E Afghanistan (Jalalabad and Nuristan) and hills of W Pakistan (Salt Range S to SE aluchistan).
  • crinigera Hodgson, 1836 - Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh).
  • catharia Reichenow, 1908 - NE India (S & E Assam, Nagaland, Manipur), N & W Myanmar and S & C China (N Yunnan, S Shaanxi, SW Sichuan, Hunan, Guizhou).

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  • striatula (Hume, 1873) - E Afghanistan (Jalalabad and Nuristan) and hills of W Pakistan (Salt Range S to SE aluchistan).
  • crinigera Hodgson, 1836 - Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh).
  • catharia Reichenow, 1908 - NE India (S & E Assam, Nagaland, Manipur), N & W Myanmar and S & C China (N Yunnan, S Shaanxi, SW Sichuan, Hunan, Guizhou).
  • parvirostris (La Touche, 1922) - SE Yunnan (S China).
  • parumstriata (David & Oustalet, 1877) - SE & C China from S Jiangsu and Anhui S to Guangxi and Guangdong, W in Yangtze Valley to N Hunan and Red Basin of Sichuan.
  • striata Swinhoe, 1859 - Taiwan.