Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Layard's Warbler (Sylvia layardi) - HBW 11, p. 708

French: Parisome de Layard German: Layardgrasmücke Spanish: Curruca de Layard
Other common names: Layard’s Tit-babbler/Tit-flycatcher/Tit-warbler

Taxonomy: Parisoma layardi Hartlaub, 1862, Malmesbury, Western Cape, South Africa.
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. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aridicola (Winterbottom, 1958) - SW & S Namibia and NW & N South Africa (NW Northern Cape E to North West Province and W Free State).
  • layardi (Hartlaub, 1862) - SW South Africa from NW Northern Cape (Port Nolloth) S to Western Cape.
  • subsolana (Clancey, 1963) - Great Karoo and Little Karoo (S South Africa).
  • barnesi (Vincent, 1948) - Lesotho.

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