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Laticilla cinerascens (Walden, 1874) – Swamp Grass Babbler

Taxonomic Notes:

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This indigenous species is also known as Swamp Prinia and has a very restricted distribution. It inhabits inland wetlands and grasslands along the Brahmaputra river (mainly Assam and Bihar) and northern Bangladesh for breeding (BirdLife International 2017).

Conservation Status:
This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at 250-2,499 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments (BirdLife International 2017).


BirdLife International 2017. Laticilla cinerascens (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22735351A111366336. Accessed
on 31 January 2020.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhavanarayeni, R. and A. Bayani. 2023. Laticilla cinerascens (Walden, 1874) – Swamp Grass Babbler. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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