Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Robin Accentor (Prunella rubeculoides)


French: Accenteur rougegorge German: Rostbrustbraunelle Spanish: Acentor petirrojo

Accentor rubeculoides

F. Moore

, 1854,



Geographical variation slight; proposed races muraria (described from NW Kashmir), fusca (from C Xizang, in SW China) and beicki (from N Gansu, in NC China) show little difference from populations elsewhere in range. Treated as monotypic.


Himalayas (from E Gilgit and Baltistan E to Bhutan) and SW & C China (S & SE Xizang E to NE Qinghai, N Gansu and W Sichuan).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 23 g. Has grey head and throat, brown upperparts with dark streaking on mantle and back; wings and tail greyish-brown, two pale wingbars; breast and breast... read more


Short sweet song, described as “si-tsi-si-tsi-tsu-tsitsi”, may accompany collective... read more


Breeds in damp, boggy areas of scrub, particularly willow (Salix), and tussock grasses,... read more

Food and feeding

Small seeds and invertebrates, perhaps including small crustaceans; seeds predominate in winter. Forages on ground, usually in open grassy... read more


Season May–Aug; double-brooded. No information on mating system or parental roles in breeding; collective display involving... read more


Resident; some post-breeding movement to lower elevations, details unknown.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in suitable habitat through much of range. No estimates of numbers available. Local in Pakistan, common only on Deosai Plateau;... read more

Recommended citation

Hatchwell, B. (2020). Robin Accentor (Prunella rubeculoides). 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).