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Dunnock (Prunella modularis) | by jonnobird (Catching up after Cyprus)
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Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Posing in the winter sunshine, one of two dunnocks recorded during my Big Garden Birdwatch in Earlston. The name Dunnock comes from the old English 'dun' (brown) + 'ock' (smal) - so quite simply (and very appropriately) - "little brown bird" !

 

Once more commonly known as the Hedge Sparow, Dunocks are of of course not sparrows at all but accentors. The accentors are in the only bird family, the Prunellidae, which is completely endemic to the Palearctic.

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Taken on January 28, 2012