Genus PRINIA

The genus Prinia comprises seven Indian species of birds, which only differ from Franklinia in having ten tail-feathers instead of twelve.

They all have a complete spring moult, accompanied in some instances by such a change in colour and in the structure of the tail as to have given rise to great confusion among authors regarding the number of species. The ample materials now available suffice to bring this difficult group of birds into order. In fact but little remained to be done after Sharpe's masterly treatment of the group, and my own observations have chiefly served to corroborate his. To Hume and Brooks, however, is due the credit of having first furnished the clue by which the present order has been arrived at.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper plumage streaked……………….P. lepida, p. 448.
b. Upper plumage not streaked.
a1. Abdomen yellow……………….P. flaviventris, p. 449.
b1. Abdomen fulvous or buff.
a2. Bill intensely black.
a3. Upper plumage dark ashy……………….P. socialis aest., p. 450.
b3. Upper plumage rufous-brown……………….P. socialis hyem., p. 450.
c3. Upper plumage earthy-brown.
a4. Outer tail-feathers white; wing about 2.5……………….P. sylvatica aest., p. 451.
b4. Outer tail-feathers pale brown; wing about 2.
a5. Subterminal spots on tail pale and indistinct……………….P. inornata aest., p. 452.
b5. Subterminal spots on tail dark and distinct……………….P. jerdoni aest., p. 453.
b2. Bill brown, lower mandible very pale or flesh-coloured.
d3. Upper plumage warm rufous-brown; wing about 2.5……………….P. sylvatica hyem., p. 451.
e3. Upper plumage earth-brown tinged with fulvous or green; wing 2.
c4. Subterminal spots on tail obsolete or very indistinct……………….P. inornata hyem., p. 452.
d4. Subterminal spots on tail black and narrow……………….P. jerdoni hyem., p. 453.
e4. Subterminal spots on tail black and very broad, forming quite half a circle……………….P. blanfordi aest. et hyem., [p. 454.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus PRINIA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
448
M_ID: 
23753
M_SN: 
Prinia
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
635

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