Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Brown Warbler (Sylvia lugens) - HBW 11, p. 707

French: Parisome brune German: Braungrasmücke Spanish: Curruca Parda
Other common names: Brown Parisoma, Brown Sylvia, Brown Tit-babbler/Tit-flycatcher/Tit-warbler

Taxonomy: Sylvia (Curruca) lugens Rüppell, 1840, Simien Province, Ethiopia.
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. Closely related to S. buryi; studies further suggest that both may be the closest relatives of S. hortensis and S. leucomelaena. Separation of races not always possible owing to individual variation and presence of intermediates; further study required, and validity of some races should be reviewed. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lugens Rüppell, 1840 - Ethiopian Highlands (except Bale Mts).
  • griseiventris (Érard, 1978) - Bale Mts (SC Ethiopia).
  • jacksoni (Sharpe, 1899) - S Sudan and Uganda (Didinga Mts and Imatong Mts), Kenya, N Tanzania, SE DRCongo (Marungu Highlands) and Malawi.

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  • lugens Rüppell, 1840 - Ethiopian Highlands (except Bale Mts).
  • griseiventris (Érard, 1978) - Bale Mts (SC Ethiopia).
  • jacksoni (Sharpe, 1899) - S Sudan and Uganda (Didinga Mts and Imatong Mts), Kenya, N Tanzania, SE DRCongo (Marungu Highlands) and Malawi.
  • prigoginei (Schouteden, 1952) - E DRCongo (NW of L Tanganyika, and Itombwe Highlands).
  • clara (Meise, 1934) - S Tanzania (Matengo Highlands).
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