French: Accenteur brun German: Fahlbraunelle Spanish: Acentor pardo
Subspecies and Distribution
P. f. dahurica
(Taczanowski, 1874) – E Kazakhstan to SC Russia (Altai and Sayan Mts E to Transbaikalia) and Mongolia (except W & SW).
P. f. mongolica
Sushkin, 1925 – W & SW Mongolia (Achit Nur, Gobi-Altai) and N China (W Inner Mongolia, N Ningxia).
P. f. fulvescens
(Severtsov, 1873) – SE Kazakhstan and W China (E to E Xinjiang and NE Xizang) S to C Afghanistan, and W Himalayas (E to extreme N India).
P. f. dresseri
E. J. O. Hartert, 1910 – W China (S Xinjiang and Qaidam Basin S to Kunlun Shan).
P. f. nanschanica
Sushkin, 1925 – C China (NE Qinghai and SW Gansu S to S Sichuan).
P. f. khamensis
Sushkin, 1925 – S fringe of Tibetan Plateau in SW China (S & SE Xizang, E to Qamdo region) and adjacent N Nepal and N Sikkim.
15 cm; 20 g. Nominate race is olive-brown with sandy-grey tinge above (slightly darker in W Himalayas), mantle and scapulars with faint darker streaking; long, broad creamy-... read more
Song, from top of bush, tree or rock, only rarely in flight, fairly loud, low warble with trills,... read more
In summer, found on open rocky or stony alpine and subalpine slopes, also in juniper (Juniperus... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates and seeds. Adult diet not studied in detail, but invertebrates dominate in summer; seeds, supplemented by small... read more
Season Apr or May, depending on altitude, to Aug; double-brooded. Mating system apparently variable: polygyny, polyandry, monogamy and... read more
Resident and local altitudinal migrant. Some descend below tree-line in winter months, but many... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and relatively common in suitable habitat through much of range. Scarce to locally common, with densities of 3–4 birds/km², in... read more
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