Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides) - HBW 11, p. 614
French: Locustelle luscinioïde
Spanish: Buscarla Unicolor
Taxonomy: Sylvia Luscinioides Savi, 1824, Pisa, Italy.
Forms a species pair with L. fluviatilis. 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. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- luscinioides (Savi, 1824) - breeds continental Europe S from S Baltic and E to C Urals, Crimea and Balkans, also NW Africa (N Morocco E to N Tunisia); non-breeding W Africa (Senegal E to L Chad, S to N Ghana), probably also S Sudan.
- sarmatica Kazakov, 1973 - breeds E Ukraine (from about Khark’ov and E shore of Sea of Azov) E to S Urals, Volga Valley and N foothills of Caucasus; non-breeding NE Africa.
- fusca (Severtsov, 1873) - breeds Asia Minor, Levant, N & S Kazakhstan (E from upper Emba valley and Aral Sea), Turkmenistan, NE Iran, probably also NW Afghanistan; non-breeding NE Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
An adult bird singing Locality Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
Javier Ortas 26 March 2006 4 years ago 31 sec 4.1
A singing male Locality Tablas de Daimiel National Park, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (ssp luscinioides)
Manu Santa-Cruz 2 May 2012 1 year ago 12 sec 4
A bird high up in the reed flying away. Locality Vossemeer, Dronten, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp luscinioides)
Yoel Jimenez 5 June 2011 2 years ago 13 sec 4
singing loud in the sunlight Locality Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp luscinioides)
Daniêl Jimenez 24 April 2011 2 years ago 2 min 19 sec 3.7
A male singing Locality Extremadura, Spain (ssp luscinioides )
Eric Roualet 22 April 2007 2 years ago 22 sec 3.7
An individual perched on reed stems and eventually heard reeling Locality Astana City, Kazakhstan (ssp fusca)
Greg Baker 21 May 2008 1 year ago 30 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 9 photos
Standing on reeds.
Locality Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park, Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp luscinioides)
Fran Trabalon 24 September 2013 9 weeks ago 4.2
on the twigs
Locality Zagreb County, Croatia (ssp luscinioides)
spiljar 7 June 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Moselle, Lorraine, France
Didier Collin 29 May 2012 10 weeks ago 4.1
standing on reeds in Ramot Sewage pond.
Locality Ramot, Golan Heights, Israel
Lior Kislev 27 October 2008 2 years ago 4.1
Juvenile on display after being ringed by the bird observatory.
Locality Kvismaren, Örebro County, Sweden
Hannes Andersson 27 July 2013 9 weeks ago 3.8
Adult bird hidden in a tree
Locality Heisinger Bogen Bird Sanctuary, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (ssp luscinioides)
MichaelP 17 July 2013 20 weeks ago 3.5