Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Banded Warbler (Sylvia boehmi) - HBW 11, p. 709

French: Parisome sanglée German: Bandgrasmücke Spanish: Curruca de Böhm
Other common names: Banded Parisoma/Sylvia/Tit-babbler/Tit-flycatcher/Tit-warbler

Taxonomy: Parisoma Boehmi Reichenow, 1882, Seke, Ugogo, Tanzania.
Formerly placed in genus Parisoma within babbler family (Timaliidae), but recent studies of morphology, behaviour, vocalizations and mitochondrial DNA indicate that it is better included in present genus. Identification of races insufficiently understood, possibly only two may merit recognition; further studies required in order to clarify true differences. Birds in S Ethiopia included within race somalica, but may belong with marsabit. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • somalica (Friedmann, 1928) - NC, E & SW Ethiopia, NW Somalia and NE Kenya.
  • marsabit (van Someren, 1931) - NC Kenya.
  • boehmi (Reichenow, 1882) - S Kenya and NE, C & SW Tanzania.

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