Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis) - HBW 11, p. 614

French: Locustelle fluviatile German: Schlagschwirl Spanish: Buscarla Fluvial
Other common names: Eurasian River Warbler

Taxonomy: Sylvia fluviatilis Wolf, 1810, River Danube, Austria.
Forms a species pair with L. luscinioides. Studies of mitochondrial DNA indicate that the two form a group with L. lanceolata and L. naevia; close affinities of these four with certain Asian Bradypterus species also suggested. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds C & E Europe (E from S Finland, S Sweden, W Germany, E Austria and Bulgaria) E to SW Siberia (R Irtysh region) and NW Kazakhstan; non-breeding E & S Africa.