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Drakensberg Prinia

Prinia hypoxantha

The Drakensberg Prinia is endemic to Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa, occurring along the Drakensberg Range and its foothills from Limpopo Province to the Eastern Cape. The IUCN considers the Drakensberg Prinia a species of least concern. Some authorities believe it to be a subspecies of the Karoo Prinia.

Usually encountered in monogamous pairs or small family groups, these small (10g, 14cm) but very active birds inhabit grassy mountainous slopes, fern-grown gullies and forest edges in high rainfall areas, where they subsist on a diet of insects and other invertebrates. Their nests are oval, ball-shaped constructions of grass built deep in thick bushes. Clutches of 2-4 eggs are laid in the spring and summer and incubated for about 2 weeks, with the fledglings leaving the nest around that same length of time after hatching.