Yellow-bellied Prinia

Scientific Name: Prinia flaviventris

Malay Name: Perenjak-Padi Biasa

Chinese Name: 黄腹山鹪莺

Range: Found from Pakistan to northern Indian subcontinent, southern China and Southeast Asia (except the Philippines)

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: sindiana, flaviventris, sonitans, delacouri, rafflesi, halistona, latrunculus.

Local Subspecies: rafflesi

Size: 12-14.5 cm

Identification: Adult has slaty-grey crown, head-sides and nape, olive-green rest of upperparts, narrow white supercilium in front of eye, whitish throat and upperbreast, bright yellow belly and long pinkish legs. Juvenile resembles adult but has duller head.

Habitat: Grasslands and open habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Skulky. Usually sings from the top of a reed stalk or grass stem.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Suitable habitats like Kranji Marsh, Punggol Barat, Lorong Halus, Coney Island, Tampines Eco Green, Pulau Ubin, Jurong Eco Garden and Tuas South.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Prinia flaviventris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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