Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides) - HBW 11, p. 614

French: Locustelle luscinioïde German: Rohrschwirl 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.