Prinia flaviventris, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Perenjak Rawa

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Prinia flaviventris, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Perenjak Rawa


Yellow-bellied Prinias eat insects for which they forage actively among low bushes or tall grass. These active, slender birds may hop up grass stems to scan the surroundings, making lively and loud calls. But at the slightest sign of danger, they dive down into the tall grass, or flies low over the grass-tops for a short distance before dropping into cover.

Breeding: Yellow-bellied Prinias nest at the base of tall grasses (e.g., lallang), reeds or sedges, about 2 feet off the ground. The nest is an untidy loose ball of grasses or leaves wrapped around tall stems which keep the nest above the ground and disguises it. 3-4 reddish chestnut eggs are laid, with a band or cap of richer colour at the broader end. Their eggs have been remarkably like coral beads.
Status and threats: Yellow-bellied Prinias are not at risk because they have adapted well to cultivated areas. They are found in grasslands (particularly those with tall grass), reed beds and scrub.

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