Sunday 27 August 2023

Yellow-bellied Prinia

Male Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris, 黄腹鹪莺)

From April to early June, the cascading songs of this yellow-bellied prinia were flowing along with the Xiang river (湘江). He sang for longer than the other nearby prinia, even through the early summer's forcible and bright mid-day hours. And I still see him moving from reed to reed in the same part of the western riverside, but his singing has stopped: for better or worse he must have abandoned his search for a summer mate. But he is still more active than the others; even when most other birds have settled for cooler catchments and reedbeds, he is often about.

Yellow-bellied Prinia by the Xiang River