Rufous-breasted accentor

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Rufous-breasted accentor
Rufous-breasted Accentor Lungthu Sikkim India 03.11.2014.jpg
From Lungthu (~11,000 ft) in Sikkim, India.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Prunellidae
Genus: Prunella
P. strophiata
Binomial name
Prunella strophiata
(Blyth, 1843)
Eggs of Prunella strophiata MHNT
Individual in Zuluk Sikkim

The rufous-breasted accentor (Prunella strophiata) is passerine bird in the family Prunellidae, endemic to the Himalayas, descending in the winter to lower-to-middle altitudes. It is found in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Tibet, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Its natural habitat is temperate forest.


The rufous-breasted accentor was described by the English zoologist Edward Blyth in 1843 from a specimen collected in Nepal. He coined the binomial name Accentor strophiatus.[2] The specific epithet strophiatus/strophiata is from Latin strophium "breast-band".[3] The rufous-breasted accentor is now placed in the genus Prunella that was introduced by the French ornithologist Louis Vieillot in 1816.[4]

Two subspecies are recognised:[5]

  • P. s. jerdoni (Brooks, WE, 1872) – east Afghanistan and west Himalayas
  • P. s. strophiata (Blyth, 1843) – central and east Himalayas to central China and north Myanmar


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Prunella strophiata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22718627A94589875. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22718627A94589875.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Blyth, Edward (1843). "Mr. Blyth's monthly report for the December meeting 1842". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 12 Part 2 (143): 925–1011 [959].
  3. ^ Jobling, J.A. (2019). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. ^ Vieillot, Louis Jean Pierre (1816). Analyse d'une Nouvelle Ornithologie Élémentaire (in French). Paris: Deterville/self. p. 43.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Waxbills, parrotfinches, munias, whydahs, Olive Warbler, accentors, pipits". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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