Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) - HBW 11, p. 616
French: Lusciniole à moustaches
Spanish: Carricerín Real
Other common names: Eurasian Moustached Warbler, Moustached Sedge Warbler
Taxonomy: Sylvia melanopogon Temminck, 1823, near Rome, Italy.
Recent study based on mitochondrial DNA sequences suggests that this species and A. paludicola, A. schoenobaenus and A. bistrigiceps form a monophyletic clade, the “striped reed-warbler group”, in which traditionally A. sorghophilus also included. Individuals of nominate race from Austria differ genetically and morphologically from birds of race mimicus from Kazakhstan (L Alakol); further study needed in order to assess taxonomic implications. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- melanopogon (Temminck, 1823) - S Europe E to E Ukraine (Kharkov) and W Turkey, and NW Africa.
- albiventris (Kazakov, 1974) - shores of Sea of Azov, lower R Don and Krasnodar area (SE Ukraine and adjacent S Russia).
- mimicus (Madarász, 1903) - breeds S & E Turkey, Iraq, S Russia (lower R Volga) and N Iran E to E Kazakhstan; non-breeding also Afghanistan and NW Indian Subcontinent.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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One bird near the river.
Locality Mugla Province, Turkey
Mustafa Sozen 26 November 2011 1 year ago 4.7
at a swamp near the sea of gallile.
Locality The Btecha (Jordan River Delta), Jordan Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 5 November 2007 5 years ago 4.6
Moving on fallen reed sticks.
Locality Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp melanopogon)
Fran Trabalon 19 March 2013 2 years ago 4.2
Feeding among reeds
Locality Centro Habitat Mediterraneo, Litorale Romano Nature Reserve, Lazio Region, Italy
Marco Valentini 27 January 2012 3 years ago 4.2
Locality Campania Region, Italy
Ciro De Simone 24 weeks ago 4
A bird perched in reeds
Locality Chorokhi Delta, Adjara Autonomous Republic, Georgia (ssp melanopogon)
Lars Petersson 28 April 2013 2 years ago 4