Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina)

Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia iberiae) photographed in Morocco by Phil Gower.

Split of Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers confirmed

A new study confirmed that the ‘Subalpine Warbler’ complex is indeed three species. In addition to Moltoni’s Warbler, the study recommended that Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers should be recognised as different species as well. The ‘IOC World Bird List’ accepted the split as proposed by the study. (Research about the “taxonomy of the Subalpine …

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Moltoni’s Warbler / Fauvette de Moltoni (Sylvia subalpina), El Borma, Ouargla, Algerian Sahara, 7 April 2019 (Alex Viechec)

New records of Moltoni’s Warbler in Algeria

The recent split of the Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) as a full species is widely adopted by different taxonomic authorities. However, until the end of the 20th century, the Moltoni’s Warbler wasn’t even considered as a valid subspecies of the Subalpine Warbler. For some details, read: “the evolution of Moltoni’s Warbler from an invalid ‘subspecies’ …

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Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina), Merzouga, Morocco, 18 Apr. 2019 (Marc Illa).

Moltoni’s Warbler in Morocco, Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia and other rarities

Some recent Moroccan rarities (Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark) and a Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia. Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) A bird was captured and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station, Morocco, on 18 April 2019 (Marc Illa and his co-workers). Only four records have been accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds …

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New treatment of the three ‘Subalpine Warbler’ species in the updated Collins Bird Guide

Subalpine Warbler split into three species

The Subalpine Warbler complex (sensu lato) is a polytypic species, but the number of ‘subspecies’ considered as valid changed over time. Until the 1990s, only three subspecies were recognised: 1) the nominate S. c. cantillans in Iberia, southern France and Italy, plus the birds breeding in the Western Mediterranean islands were also considered to belong …

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