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Conservation status: Amber

A small brown and grey bird. Quiet and unobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.

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Overview

Latin name

Prunella modularis

Family

Accentors (Prunellidae)

Where to see them

Inhabits any well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges. Look in deciduous woodland, farmland edges, parks and gardens. Keeps largely on the ground and often close to cover.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insects, spiders, worms and seeds.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-2,500,000 territories--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
All UK except Shetland

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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