Family Accentors (Prunellidae)

Least Concern

Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella)


French: Accenteur montanelle German: Bergbraunelle Spanish: Acentor siberiano

Motacilla montanella


, 1776,

Dauria, Siberia


Population breeding in NC part of range (between R Khatanga and R Lena) of uncertain racial identity; probably belongs to nominate, and tentatively included within it. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. montanella (Pallas, 1776) – extreme NE Europe and W Siberia (from Bol’shezemel’skaya tundra, on W side of Ural Mts) E to R Lena and, in S Russia, from upper R Ob, upper R Yenisey region (N of Krasnoyarsk) and Altai E to Amur region; winters in NC & NE China and Korea.
  • P. m. badia Portenko, 1929 – NE Siberia from R Lena E to Anadyrland, S to W shore of Sea of Okhotsk; winters in NC & NE China.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; 17·5 g. Male nominate race has greyish-brown crown with black edge, contrasting long, broad creamy-yellow supercilium; ear-coverts blackish, buff at... read more


    Song, from top of bush or tree, melodious and quite powerful, generally reminiscent of P.... read more


    Breeds in boreal and subarctic zone, chiefly along N limits of coniferous and deciduous forests, in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mostly insects; in winter also seeds, including crowberry (Empetrum) Amaranthaceae and Betulaceae. Young fed on insects,... read more


    Season Jun–Aug; probably double-brooded in S of range, but one brood in Urals. Little information on mating system or territoriality... read more


    Migratory; entire population winters in C & E China and Korea. Leaves N Urals and E Siberia in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to uncommon or rare. Population in small European part of range estimated to be c. 16,000 pairs; no comparable figures... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hatchwell, B. (2020). Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella). 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 27 February 2020).