Ashy Prinia

Prinia inornata  in हिंदी
Scientific Name:  Prinia inornata

Name:  Ashy Prinia

    Local Names:
  • Assamese     ধোঁৱাবৰণীয়া নলচুপি চৰাই
  • Gujarati     કાળી પાન ફુત્કી
  • Hindi     फुत्की
  • Kannada     ಟುವ್ವಿಹಕ್ಕಿ, ಸುವ್ವಿ
  • Malayalam     കതിർവാലൻ കുരുവി
  • Marathi     राखाडी वटवट्या, राखी वटवट्या
  • Sanskrit     पुरल्लिका
  • Tamil     சாம்பல் கதிர்க்குருவி
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These 13–14 cm long warblers have short rounded wings and longish graduated cream tail tipped with black subterminal spots. The tail is usually held upright and the strong legs are used for clambering about and hopping on the ground. They have a short black bill. The crown is grey and the underparts are rufous in most plumages. In breeding plumage, adults of the northern population are ash grey above, with a black crown and cheek with no supercilium and coppery brown wings. In non-breeding season, this population has a short and narrow white supercilium and the tail is longer. They are found singly or in pairs in shrubbery and will often visit the ground

Size in cm:

13-13 cm

Size in Inch

5-5 Inch

Primary color:


Secondary color:

brown   (Bird may have more colors)


Small invertebrates, chiefly insects and their larvae, and small spiders (Araneae); believed also to take flower nectar

Habit and habited:

Tall crops, reeds, grassland, scrub and tall grass, and mangroves.


Song is a rapid, wheezy trill, tlick tlick tlick.

Bird Type:

Perching Birds

The ashy prinia or ashy wren-warbler (Prinia socialis) is a small warbler in the family Cisticolidae. This prinia is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar. It is a common bird in urban gardens and farmland in many parts of India and its small size, distinctive colours and upright tail make it easy to identify. The northern populations have a rufous rump and back and have a distinct breeding and non-breeding plumage while other populations lack such variation.

Distribution Map

  •     Resident (inc. local and altitudinal migrants)
  •     Former range (no recent records but may still survive)
  •     Summer visitor (including summer monsoon)
  •     Winter visitor
  •     Passage (autumn and/or spring) visitor
  •     known to be occasional, scarce or erratic
  •     Small isolated population (actual range smaller)  
  •     Isolated record(s) - one or more in the same area  
  •  colour coded for seasonality as per coloured ranges, black denotes unspecified season

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