Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Radde's Accentor (Prunella ocularis)


French: Accenteur de Radde German: Steinbraunelle Spanish: Acentor de Radde

Accentor ocularis


, 1884,

Mount Kiz Yurdi, Talysh Mountains, Azerbaijan–Iran border


Was formerly often considered conspecific with P. fulvescens, but appears more closely allied to P. atrogularis. Until recently race fagani commonly considered a separate species, but plumage differences are minor and genetically it is weakly differentiated#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. o. ocularis (Radde, 1884) – Radde's Accentor – S & E Turkey, possibly S Georgia, Armenia, W Azerbaijan (perhaps SE)#R, possibly N Iraq#R, mountains of N, SW & E Iran and, rare, extreme S Turkmenistan; partially migratory to Levant.
  • P. o. fagani (Ogilvie-Grant, 1913) – Yemen Accentor – mountainous region of W Yemen.
  • Descriptive notes

    15·5 cm; 20–25 g. Has blackish-brown crown and ear-coverts, conspicuous broad white supercilium; hindneck grey, mantle and back olive-brown with black streaks;... read more


    Song, from top of bush or rock, short and fast, twittering, with warbles and bubbling quality,... read more


    In Turkey, breeds in rocky pastureland with scattered barberry (Berberis) bushes, at 1900... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known. Diet includes insects and seeds. Forages on ground among rocks, scrub and low vegetation, also alongside streams and at edge... read more


    Few records. Nests found Jun–Aug; probably double-brooded. No information on mating system. Nest a cup of twigs, leaves and stems,... read more


    Probably mostly resident, with altitudinal movement and some short-distance migration. In Turkey,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon to rare, with fragmented distribution. Minimal population data; estimate of 500–5000 pairs, probably more, in Turkey and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hatchwell, B. (2019). Radde's Accentor (Prunella ocularis). 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 19 February 2019).