Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) - HBW 11, p. 616

French: Lusciniole à moustaches German: Mariskenrohrsänger 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.