Habitat: Large stream cutting through hills and agricultural community land with secondary growth and scrub/tall grass.
There are 3 resident prinia species in Taiwan; 2 are endemic subspecies; all are common. The Striated Prinia Prinia crinigera striata, Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris and the Plain Prinia Prinia inornata flavirostris. We saw all 3.
The Striated Prinia is a lovely little bird with a very long tail. We saw this bird in the low foothills and were fortunate to be on a bridge above it.
Both the Avifauna of Taiwan, 2nd edition and Brazil 2009 say that the key difference of the P. c. striata from the mainland subspecies is that it has paler plumage. A ‘Birding in Taiwan’ site (http://www.birdingintaiwan.com/striatedprinia.htm) states “There is pale streaking on the crown and mantle, which is more accentuated in the Taiwan subspecies striata. Otherwise, differences with the adjacent mainland subspecies are minor.” I have not yet seen the mainland birds, so have no comparison.
Taxonomic Notes :
Gender agreement follows:
David, N. & Gosselin, M. (2002) Gender agreement of avian species names. - Bull. Brit. Orn. Cl., 122: 14-49.
David, N. & Gosselin, M. (2002) The grammatical gender of avian genera. - Bull. Brit. Orn. Cl., 122: 257-282.