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 of nominate race, from top of bush or rock, short and fast, twittering, with warbles and... 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 of nominate race found May–Aug; probably double-brooded; race fagani breeds in spring and could well also... read more


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

    Status and conservation

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

    Recommended citation

    Hatchwell, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 28 February 2020).