Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Little Rush-warbler (Bradypterus baboecala) - HBW 11, p. 599

French: Bouscarle caqueteuse German: Sumpfbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero Charlatán
Other common names: African Bush-warbler/Sedge Warbler

Taxonomy: Sylvia baboecala Vieillot, 1817, Knysna district, south-east Western Cape, South ­Africa.
Perhaps allied to B. carpalis, which it resembles vocally; these two, together with B. graueri and B. grandis, make up a group of four swamp-dwelling Afrotropical species. Birds in Kenya Highlands sing differently from those of E African coast and in W & S Africa, and may prove to represent a distinct species. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chadensis Bannerman, 1936 - L Chad.
  • centralis Neumann, 1908 - Nigeria and Cameroon; NE DRCongo E to SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • sudanensis C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1941 - S Sudan.

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  • chadensis Bannerman, 1936 - L Chad.
  • centralis Neumann, 1908 - Nigeria and Cameroon; NE DRCongo E to SW Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • sudanensis C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1941 - S Sudan.
  • abyssinicus (Blundell & Lovat, 1899) - Ethiopia.
  • elgonensis Madarász, 1912 - highlands of E Uganda and W & C Kenya.
  • msiri Neave, 1909 - SE DRCongo and N & W Zambia (to bordering SW Tanzania) S to E & SE Angola, extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi) and NW Botswana.
  • benguellensis Bannerman, 1927 - W Angolan plateau.
  • tongensis Roberts, 1931 - SE Kenya, E Tanzania, E & S Zambia, Malawi, E Zimbabwe and NW, C & S Mozambique S to NE South Africa (E Northern Province, lowland KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
  • transvaalensis Roberts, 1919 - C Zimbabwe plateau, N & E South Africa (highveld of Northern Province, W KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, E Griqualand), W Swaziland and lowlands of Lesotho.
  • baboecala (Vieillot, 1817) - S South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape).