Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Sykes's Warbler (Hippolais rama) - HBW 11, p. 636

French: Hypolaïs rama German: Steppenspötter Spanish: Zarcero de Sykes

Taxonomy: Sylvia rama Sykes, 1832, Deccan, India.
Recent molecular-genetic studies suggest that this species and H. caligata, H. opaca and H. pallida are closer to Acrocephalus than to current congeners and could be placed in a separate genus, Iduna. Was formerly regarded as conspecific with H. caligata, but recent work has revealed that the two have apparently overlapping breeding ranges, and differ in mitochondrial DNA, song, habitat and morphology. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds from lower R Volga E to E Kazakhstan (L Balkhash) and extreme W China (W & C Xinjiang), S to S Iran, Afghanistan and NW & W Pakistan, also NW Oman; non-breeding Indian Subcontinent.

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