Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis)


French: Accenteur à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehlbraunelle Spanish: Acentor gorjinegro

Accentor atrogularis

J. F. Brandt

, 1843,

#R, Semipalatinsk, north-east Kazakhstan


Proposed C Asian races lucens (described from R Tzagma, in C Tien Shan) and menzbieri (from Katon-Karagai, in SW Altai) regarded as synonymous with huttoni. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. atrogularis (J. F. Brandt, 1843) – N & C Ural Mts, in NW Russia; winters in E Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan S to Afghanistan and NW Indian Subcontinent and extreme SW China.
  • P. a. huttoni (F. Moore, 1854) – mountains of WC Asia, from Altai Mts S to Tien Shan and Pamirs; partially migratory to SW Asia. Recorded (perhaps a vagrant) in Mar 2001 in the Qinling Mts (Shaanxi, C China)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 19 g. Nominate race has crown and nape greyish-brown with black streaks and black border, long pale cream supercilium; blackish ear-coverts separated from black of... read more


    Song, from top of shrub or small tree, a pleasant verse with buzzes, piping sounds and a... read more


    In summer, favours low, thick, thorny scrub and avoids open habitats: in clumps of stunted spruce... read more

    Food and feeding

    Primarily insects and other small arthropods, and worms and snails; also seeds, mainly in winter. Diverse arthropod prey include... read more


    Information mostly from studies of race huttoni in Tien Shan Mts. Breeds May–Aug; two, possibly three, broods. Presumed... read more


    Nominate race migrates S from Ural Mts to wintering grounds in E Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to rare. Population of nominate race on European side of Urals estimated at 3500–4000 pairs, with recorded densities in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hatchwell, B. & de Juana, E. (2019). Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 March 2019).