The only prinia in the region with a broad, black breast band in breeding plumage. In non-breeding plumage the bird might be mistaken for Tawny-flanked Prinia, but it lacks the russet edges to the wing feathers and is usually washed yellow below.
Female has narrower breast band than male. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but is yellower below.
This species usually appears in pairs or small groups.
Arid scrub, thornveld, exotic plantations and suburban gardens.
A loud, repetitive 'zzzrt-zzzzrt-zzzrt-zzzrt' note.