Mod. L. accentor  chorister  < L. ad  towards, for; cantor, cantoris  singer  < canere  to sing. “The genus Accentor was first proposed by Bechstein [1797] ...for the Dipper in the same year in which Cinclus was proposed by Borkhausen for the same bird. It is uncertain whether Borkhausen or Bechstein’s name was published first. Subsequently, in 1802 Bechstein ...used the same generic term Accentor, for the Alpine Accentor. The next available name for the Accentors is Prunella Vieillot ...and this is used by Hartert and other writers, and has undoubted priority under the international rules. As, however, the transfer of the well-known name Accentor to the Dippers would be a cause of confusion, the Committee have retained Accentor for the Hedge-Sparrows as a “nomen conservandum” ” (BOU 1915).
● (syn. Cinclus Ϯ White-throated Dipper C. cinclus) "Der Wassersänger. (Wasserstaar, Wasseramsel, Bach- oder Seeamsel.)  Accentor aquaticus. Mihi.  Sturnus Cinclus. Gmelin Lin. Syst. I. 2. p. 803. n. 5.  Merle d'eau. Buffon hist. nat. des ois. VIII - p. 134. tab. II.  Water-Ouzel. Latham" (Bechstein 1797).
● (syn. Prunella Ϯ Alpine Accentor P. collaris) "Der Alpensänger oder die Flüelerche. *)  ...*) Accentor alpinus.  Motacilla alpina. Lin.  Fauvette des Alpes, Buff.  Alpine Warbler. Lath." (Bechstein 1802).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 January 2019).