Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 17-21
Consideration of mentions and records of the Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella (Pallas, 1776) in Ukraine
H. V. Fesenko, O. M. Peklo, A. M. Poluda, S. Y. Shybanov
Keywords: Siberian Accentor, Kyiv Region, Chernihiv Region, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
In the territory of Ukraine the first indisputable record of the Siberian Accentor (Prunella montanella (Pallas, 1776) was in 1985 when a female of this species was captured near Kyiv. Till 2000 inclusively, another bird was also recorded near Donetsk and two others were simultaneously caught in Kharkiv. Several new registrations of the species occurred last year. One individual was caught on 3 November 2016 on the swamp of Vydra in the vicinity of Kosachivka Village (Kozelets District, Chernihiv Region). Another bird was netted on 24 November 2016 on the same swamp. One more bird was caught on 22 December 2016 on the marsh near Pohreby Village (Brovary District, Kyiv Region). A single individual was caught on 28 November 2016 in Rozumovka Village near Zaporizhzhia City. All birds stayed in thickets of reed, willow, and alder. Basing on the data of a large influx of Siberian Accentors in 2016 into countries of the northern part of Europe and Temminck’s opinion, dated by 1835, that this species has been observed in the Crimea, Hungary and Italia, it is assumed that Temminck’s suggestion could refer to Prunella ocularis (Radde, 1884) distributed in the Transcaucasian region or to Prunella atrogularis (Brandt, 1844). The latter is a rare vagrant species in the western part of Europe.
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