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Books about the Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow) and other Accentors

This page lists books that are about the Dunnock or include sections on the Dunnock or other Accentors. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Prunellidae
Genus: Prunellaa

In the UK

Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow)
Hedge Accentor
Prunella modularis

Rare UK visitors

Alpine Accentor
Prunella collaris


There are 13 species of Accentors, all of which are restricted to the palearctic. The other species are:

Altai Accentor
Prunella himalayana

Arabian Accentor
Prunella fagani

Black-throated Accentor
Prunella atrogularis

Brown Accentor
Prunella fulvescens

Japanese Accentor
Prunella rubida

Kozlov's Accentor
Prunella koslowi

Maroon-backed Accentor
Prunella immaculata

Radde's Accentor
Prunella ocularis

Robin Accentor
Prunella rubeculoides

Rufous-breasted Accentor
Prunella strophiata

Siberian Accentor
Prunella montanella


The Secret Lives of Garden Birds

Dominic Couzens

Christopher Helm


"Have you ever wondered what the birds in your garden get up to when they're not tucking into peanuts and seeds on the birdtable? This book takes us, month by month, into the secret lives of our most familiar garden birds, revealing inspiring, intriguing and scandalous real-life dramas such as the ferocious turf battles of Robins, the profound family ties of Long-tailed Tits and the remarkable sex-life of the Dunnock. The amazing facts that it reveals should help you to understand, encourage and enjoy your garden birds more than ever before. Written with engaging humour and enlivened throughout with colour paintings and photographs, this book should appeal to anyone who enjoys watching birds in their gardens."

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Dunnock Behaviour and Social Evolution

N.B. Davies

Oxford Series in Ecology & Evolution

Oxford University Press


"At first sight just a small brown bird, the dunnock's unobtrusive appearance belies its extraordinary behaviour and mating patterns. In this book Nick Davies gives a full account of the mating systems of the dunnock or hedge sparrow, , which include pairs, a male with two females, two males with one female, and several males with several females. Detailed observations, elegant field experiments, and DNA fingerprinting are combined to show how this variable social organization from selfish individuals competing to maximize their own reproductive success. Further experiments reveal how the cuckoo may thwart the dunnock's parental efforts. David Quinn's exquisite drawings provide a visual summary of the birds' behaviour. All students of ecology, evolution, and animal behaviour will want to be familiar with this work, which addresses the wider issues of the influence of ecology on mating systems and the evolutionary significance of conflict within and between species."

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The Birds of the Western Palearctic: Volume V. Tyrant Flycatchers to Thrushes

Chief Editor: Stanley Cramp

Editor: K. E. L. Simmons

Oxford University Press


This volume covers:

  • Flycatchers
  • Larks
  • Martins/Swallows
  • Pipits
  • Wagtails
  • Bulbuls
  • Waxwing
  • Hypocolius
  • Dipper
  • Wren
  • Catbird
  • Thrasher
  • Dunnock/Accentors
  • Robins
  • Nightingales
  • Rubythroat
  • Bluethroats
  • Bluetail
  • Redstarts
  • Blackstart
  • Chats
  • Wheatears
  • Thrushes
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Last updated September 2013