Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Maroon-backed Accentor (Prunella immaculata)


French: Accenteur immaculé German: Waldbraunelle Spanish: Acentor inmaculado

Acc[entor]. immaculatus


, 1845,





E Himalayas and S China (SE Xizang E to S Gansu and Sichuan); in winter W to C Nepal and S to C Yunnan; recorded, status uncertain, in N Myanmar#R.

Descriptive notes

14·5 cm; 20 g. Distinctive dark, unstreaked accentor. Has predominantly dark grey head and upper mantle, black lores, some white scalloping on grey feathers of... read more


Song, from perch, described as monotonous, but details lacking; call weak, high-pitched and... read more


Humid coniferous and rhododendron (Rhododendron) forests, often near water; breeds from c... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates and seeds, also some berries. Forages on ground, usually under thick vegetation, seldom in open. Secretive.


Few records. Breeds May–Jul. No information on mating system. Nest well hidden, placed low down in bush, sometimes on ground. Clutch... read more


Resident, with some altitudinal movement; post-breeding descent, often in parties, to lower... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to scarce, or rare; not uncommon in Nepal in non-breeding season. No information on density or estimate of abundance. The most... read more

Recommended citation

Hatchwell, B. (2020). Maroon-backed Accentor (Prunella immaculata). 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 24 February 2020).