Significance to humans

Accentors are not of direct importance to humans, other than the indirect economic benefits of ecotourism focused on seeing birds in natural habitats. In 2001, ticks living on dunnocks and other migratory birds were implicated in the spread of a bacterial pathogen, Ehrlichia phagocytophila, the causative agent of the rare disease ehrlichiosis in humans.

1. Siberian accentor (Prunella montanella); 2. Robin accentor (Prunella rubeculoides); 3. Alpine accentor (Prunella collaris); 4. Dunnock (Prunella modularis). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron)

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