Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Mongolian Accentor (Prunella koslowi)


French: Accenteur de Koslov German: Steppenbraunelle Spanish: Acentor mongol
Other common names: Koslov's Accentor

Accentor Koslowi


, 1887,

Alxa Mountains, north China


Geographical races tenella (described from Uliastaj, in W Mongolia) and pallida (probably from S Altai) proposed, but differences attributed to individual variation. Monotypic.


Poorly known. Mountains and semi-deserts of W, C & S Mongolia (including Gobi-Altai) and NC China (Helan Shan and Zhongwei region, in Ningxia–Inner Mongolia border).

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Crown and upper­parts are brown with dark streaks; wing and tail feathers brown with buff edges, wing-coverts with white tips (two indistinct wingbars); throat... read more


Song reported as quiet and reminiscent of that of P. fulvescens; no information... read more


Thin scrub in semi-desert and dry mountains. No information on altitudinal range.

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Forages in skulking manner close to or beneath bushes.


Two records; nest placed close to ground; clutch 4–5 eggs. No other information.


No information, although reported as returning to breeding ground near L Orog Nuur in mid-May.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status uncertain; probably rare, but secretive and quiet, possibly overlooked. Possibly only a non-breeding visitor in China. Fieldwork required in... read more

Recommended citation

Hatchwell, B. (2020). Mongolian Accentor (Prunella koslowi). 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 28 February 2020).