Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) - HBW 11, p. 694

French: Fauvette des jardins German: Gartengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca Mosquitera

Taxonomy: Motacilla Borin Boddaert, 1783, France.
Sister-species of S. atricapilla; the two are the most divergent members of the genus. Geographical variation slight and clinal, colour and size varying gradually from W Europe E to Siberia; woodwardi intergrades widely with nominate in E Europe. Proposed races kreczmeri (from Poland) and pateffi (Bulgaria) considered insufficiently distinct, and are synonymized with nominate and woodwardi, respectively. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • borin (Boddaert, 1783) - breeds Europe E to Finland, C Poland, W Hungary and C former Yugoslavia; non-breeding sub-Saharan Africa.
  • woodwardi (Sharpe, 1877) - breeds from C Poland, former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria E to C Siberia (upper R Yenisey); non-breeding E & S Africa.