Tuesday, April 10, 2012

>Prunella atrogularis (Black-throated Accentor)

Black-throated Accentor

Black-throated Accentor
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Species:P. atrogularis
Binomial name
Prunella atrogularis
(Brandt, 1844)
The Black-throated Accentor , Prunella atrogularis, is a small passerine bird found across temperate and subarctic Asia. It is migratory, wintering in India and other parts of southern Asia. It is a rare vagrant in western Europe.The Black-throated Accentor 
builds a neat nest low in spruce thickets, laying 3-5 unspotted blue eggs. It winters in scrub or cultivation.This is a Dunnock-sized bird, 13.5–14 cm in length. It has a streaked dark brown back, somewhat resembling a House Sparrow, but adults have a black crown, face patch and throat, and a whitesupercilium. The breast is orange, and the belly white with orange stripes. Like other accentors, this species has an insectivore's fine pointed bill.Sexes are similar, but winter birds and juveniles are less contrasted. In particular, the dark throat may be almost absent in young birds.
The call is a fine ti-ti-ti, and the song is similar to the Dunnock’s pleasant twittering.

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