French: Accenteur montanelle German: Bergbraunelle Spanish: Acentor siberiano
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.
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
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