Robin accentor

Prunella rubeculoides

TAXONOMY

Prunella rubeculoides Moore, 1854. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Accenteur rougegorge; German: Rotbrustbraunelle; Spanish: Acentor de Cola Roja.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length is about 6.5 in (16-17 cm). The back is colored gray streaked with brown, the head grey, the belly whitish, and the breast rusty-orange.

DISTRIBUTION

A widespread species in the Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau, and other highlands of eastern Asia.

HABITAT

Mostly occurs in high montane forests of rhododendron and in willows and sedge in meadowlands, but also ventures above the tree-line to scrub habitats and wet meadows. A local, short-distance migrant that winters in lower-altitude valleys, often around human habitation. Breeds from about 9,850 to 14,000 ft (3,000 to 4,260 m) and winters as low as 4,900 ft (1,500 m).

BEHAVIOR

Usually occurs singly, in pairs, or in small groups. A relatively tame bird. The song is a high-pitched, repeated phrase.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Forages on the ground for insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Feeds on seeds and fruits during the winter.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Polyandrous. Builds a nest on the ground, often near a stream.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. A widespread species within its habitat.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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