Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Clamorous Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus stentoreus) - HBW 11, p. 626

French: Rousserolle stentor German: Stentorrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero Estentóreo
Other common names: Southern Great Reed-warbler; Indian Great Reed-warbler (brunnescens); Assam Great Reed-warbler (amyae); Ceylon/Sri Lanka Great Reed-warbler (meridionalis); Heinroth’s Reed-warbler (celebensis)

Taxonomy: Curruca stentorea Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1833, Dumyât, north Egypt.
According to mitochondrial DNA sequences and morphology, this species is part of a monophyletic clade together with A. arundinaceus, A. orientalis, A. australis and A. vaughani; probably other Pacific species also belong to this clade, but genetic data lacking. Has often been considered conspecific with A. australis; relations of populations from Indonesia to Solomons unclear, and they might belong instead in A. australis. Hybrids between present species and A. arundinaceus described from Kazakhstan. Somewhat larger and darker birds from Levant.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Curruca stentorea Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1833, Dumyât, north Egypt.
According to mitochondrial DNA sequences and morphology, this species is part of a monophyletic clade together with A. arundinaceus, A. orientalis, A. australis and A. vaughani; probably other Pacific species also belong to this clade, but genetic data lacking. Has often been considered conspecific with A. australis; relations of populations from Indonesia to Solomons unclear, and they might belong instead in A. australis. Hybrids between present species and A. arundinaceus described from Kazakhstan. Somewhat larger and darker birds from Levant, currently included in nominate race, sometimes separated as race levantinus; those of Buru have occasionally been separated as race toxopei; race sumbae sometimes subsumed into celebensis. Nine subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • stentoreus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) - Egypt (including Sinai) and Levant.
  • brunnescens (Jerdon, 1839) - NE Sudan, NW Somalia, Arabian Peninsula, and from SC Kazakhstan S to S Iraq and Iran and E to N Indian Subcontinent; non-breeding also peninsular India.
  • amyae Stuart Baker, 1922 - NE India (plains of R Brahmaputra, in Assam) E to N Myanmar and S China (SE Xizang E to S Sichuan and Guizhou).

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  • stentoreus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) - Egypt (including Sinai) and Levant.
  • brunnescens (Jerdon, 1839) - NE Sudan, NW Somalia, Arabian Peninsula, and from SC Kazakhstan S to S Iraq and Iran and E to N Indian Subcontinent; non-breeding also peninsular India.
  • amyae Stuart Baker, 1922 - NE India (plains of R Brahmaputra, in Assam) E to N Myanmar and S China (SE Xizang E to S Sichuan and Guizhou).
  • meridionalis (Legge, 1875) - S India and Sri Lanka.
  • siebersi Salomonsen, 1928 - W Java.
  • lentecaptus E. J. O. Hartert, 1924 - Borneo, C & E Java and W Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa).
  • harterti Salomonsen, 1928 - Philippines.
  • celebensis Heinroth, 1903 - S Sulawesi.
  • sumbae E. J. O. Hartert, 1924 - S Moluccas (Buru) and C & E Lesser Sundas (Sumba, Timor) to New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Is.