Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava) - HBW 11, p. 435

French: Prinia modeste German: Rahmbrustprinie Spanish: Prinia Modesta
Other common names: Tawny Prinia

Taxonomy: Motacilla subflava J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Senegal (neotype from 35 km south of Linguere).
Forms a superspecies with P. inornata, P. somalica and P. fluviatilis. Sometimes treated as conspecific with first of those, but differs vocally and, to some extent, in plumage coloration; situation complicated, however, by geographical variation; further study required. Races vary clinally. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • subflava (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - S Sahel from S Mauritania and Senegal E to C Ethiopia and N Uganda.
  • pallescens Madarász, 1914 - N Sahel from Mali E to Sudan, W Ethiopia and NW Eritrea.
  • melanorhyncha (Jardine & Fraser, 1852) - savannas from Sierra Leone E to SW Nigeria, and Cameroon E to S Uganda and W Kenya.

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  • subflava (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - S Sahel from S Mauritania and Senegal E to C Ethiopia and N Uganda.
  • pallescens Madarász, 1914 - N Sahel from Mali E to Sudan, W Ethiopia and NW Eritrea.
  • melanorhyncha (Jardine & Fraser, 1852) - savannas from Sierra Leone E to SW Nigeria, and Cameroon E to S Uganda and W Kenya.
  • tenella (Cabanis, 1869) - coastal plain of S Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • graueri E. J. O. Hartert, 1920 - Rwanda, and E & S DRCongo S to Angolan highlands.
  • kasokae C. M. N. White, 1946 - E Angola and W Zambia.
  • affinis (A. Smith, 1843) - SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania, C Zambia, Zimbabwe, E Botswana, W Mozambique and NE South Africa (S to Lebombo Mts, in NE KwaZulu-Natal).
  • bechuanae Macdonald, 1941 - SW Angola, N Namibia, W Botswana and extreme SW Zambia and NW Zimbabwe.
  • mutatrix Meise, 1936 - S Tanzania, Malawi, E Zambia, N & C Mozambique and E Zimbabwe.
  • pondoensis Roberts, 1922 - S Mozambique, E Swaziland and E coastal plain of South Africa.