Thursday, 22 January 2009

Special Birds: Alpine Accentor

Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris breeds at high elevations in rocky, barren areas in the mountains of Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria etc, usually above 1800m.  In winter they descend to lower levels and can be seen on ruins, in quarries and other rocky places, often in small parties. They are stocky but attractive little birds with subtle plumage colours. They are also often rather confiding and can be approached quite closely.     

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