Accentors (Prunellidae)

Brown Accentor (Prunella fulvescens) - HBW 10, p. 510

French: Accenteur brun German: Fahlbraunelle Spanish: Acentor Pardo
Other common names: Pale Accentor

Taxonomy: Accentor fulvescens Severtsov, 1873, Turkestan.
Forms a species group with P. montanella, P. koslowi, P. atrogularis, P. ocularis and P. fagani; last two formerly treated as races of present species or as forming a superspecies with it. Racial differentiation complicated owing to individual variation (partly age-related, also influenced by plumage wear) and occurrence of intermediates. Described race sushkini (from extreme S Xizang, in China) synonymized with khamensis. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • dahurica (Taczanowski, 1874) - E Kazakhstan (Tarbagatay), SC Russia (Altai and Sayan Mts E to Transbaikalia), Mongolia (except W & SW) and NE China (NW Manchuria).
  • mongolica Sushkin, 1925 - W & SW Mongolia (Achit Nur, Gobi-Altai) and N China (W Nei Mongol, N Ningxia).
  • fulvescens (Severtsov, 1873) - SE Kazakhstan and W China (E to E Xinjiang and NE Xizang) S to C Afghanistan, and W Himalayas (E to extreme N India).

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  • dahurica (Taczanowski, 1874) - E Kazakhstan (Tarbagatay), SC Russia (Altai and Sayan Mts E to Transbaikalia), Mongolia (except W & SW) and NE China (NW Manchuria).
  • mongolica Sushkin, 1925 - W & SW Mongolia (Achit Nur, Gobi-Altai) and N China (W Nei Mongol, N Ningxia).
  • fulvescens (Severtsov, 1873) - SE Kazakhstan and W China (E to E Xinjiang and NE Xizang) S to C Afghanistan, and W Himalayas (E to extreme N India).
  • dresseri Hartert, 1910 - W China (S Xinjiang and Qaidam Basin S to Kunlun Mts).
  • nanschanica Sushkin, 1925 - C China (NE Qinghai and SW Gansu S to S Sichuan).
  • khamensis Sushkin, 1925 - S fringe of Tibetan Plateau in SW China (S & SE Xizang, E to Qamdo region) and adjacent N Nepal and N Sikkim.
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