Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata)


French: Accenteur à poitrine rousse German: Strichelbraunelle Spanish: Acentor pechirrufo

A[ccentor]. strophiatus


, 1843,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. jerdoni (W. E. Brooks, 1872) – E Afghanistan and N Pakistan through W Himalayas E to W Nepal.
  • P. s. strophiata (Blyth, 1843) – E Himalayas (E from C Nepal), C China (E Qinghai, Gansu and SW Shaanxi S to SE Xizang, N Yunnan and W Sichuan) and N Myanmar.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 18 g. Has conspicuous supercilium white in front of eye, becoming broader and ochraceous above and behind eye, and blackish lateral crownstripe; blackish cheeks,... read more


    Song, delivered from rock or occasionally in flight, very frequent at start of breeding, a... read more


    In summer, occupies upper limits of birch (Betula), oak (Quercus) and pine (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including worms; small seeds, berries and fruit. Forages in skulking manner on ground beneath bushes, often in clumps of... read more


    Season May–Aug; double-brooded. No information on mating system. Nest a deep cup of moss, dried stems and lichen, lined with grass,... read more


    Resident, with local altitudinal movements; descends to lower elevations in winter months.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Most widespread and abundant accentor in W of range; probably less numerous in China. No estimate of numbers available. Status in Myanmar uncertain;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hatchwell, B. (2020). Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata). 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).