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Species Guide

Red-winged Prinia

Prinia erythroptera

The Red-winged Prinia, also known as the Red-winged Warbler, is a small, active bird belonging to the family Cisticolidae. It is characterized by its distinctive red wing patches, which are particularly noticeable in flight.

Identification Tips

When observing the Red-winged Prinia, look for its reddish wing feathers, which contrast with its otherwise brown and grey plumage. The bird's small size and active nature are also key identification features.


The Red-winged Prinia is typically found in dry savanna regions, where it flits about in the undergrowth and low vegetation.


This species has a broad range across Sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia and Kenya in the east, and down to Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the south.


The Red-winged Prinia is known for its energetic behavior, often seen moving through vegetation in search of insects. It is not uncommon to see them singly or in pairs, actively foraging.

Similar Species

The Red-winged Prinia may be confused with other small, insectivorous birds in its range, but the red wing patches are a distinguishing feature.

Diet and Feeding

This bird is insectivorous, with a particular penchant for grasshoppers, which it hunts in its savanna habitat.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List classifies the Red-winged Prinia as Least Concern, indicating that it currently faces no significant threats to its survival.

Red-winged Prinia Sounds

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