Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Fan-tailed Grassbird (Schoenicola brevirostris) - HBW 11, p. 585

French: Graminicole à bec court German: Fächerschwanzsänger Spanish: Yerbera Abanico
Other common names: Fan-tailed Grass-warbler/Swamp-warbler, African Fan-tailed Warbler, African Broad-tailed Warbler/Grass-warbler

Taxonomy: Bradypterus brevirostris Sundevall, 1850, upper Umlazi River, Natal, South Africa.
Treated as forming a superspecies with S. platyurus. Often considered conspecific, and, in view of strong similarities between them, this perhaps a better treatment; critical comparison of vocalizations needed. Race alexinae intergrades with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • alexinae (Heuglin, 1863) - Sierra Leone (Tingi Mts) and adjacent parts of Guinea; extreme SE Nigeria and Cameroon; S Gabon and PRCongo E to E DRCongo, S to C & SW Angola, N & C Zambia and Malawi; and S Sudan, W highlands of Ethiopia, and Rift Valley mountains in W & C Uganda, W & S Kenya and W & N Tanzania.
  • brevirostris (Sundevall, 1850) - Malawi and NW Mozambique S to E South Africa (S to Eastern Cape), Swaziland and Lesotho.

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