Recently proposed splits for the family Old World Warblers and Allies

David's Bush-Warbler     Bradypterus davidi
(La Touche)  1923
ne China: s Heilungkiang s to Hopeh, winters from s China s to n Thailand (?)
split from: Bradypterus thoracicus
insert after: Bradypterus thoracicus
P.D. Round & V. Loskot,
A reappraisal of the taxonomy of the Spotted Bush-Warbler Bradypterus thoracicus
Forktail 10 (1995): 159-172
 

Manchurian Reed-Warbler     Acrocephalus tangorum
La Touche   1912
ne China: sw,sc Heilungkiang; China (migration); Thailand (migration, winter?)
split from: Acrocephalus agricola
insert after: Acrocephalus agricola
Andreas J. Helbig & Ingrid Seibold,
Molecular phylogeny of Palearctic-African Acrocephalus and Hippolais warblers (Aves: Sylviidae)
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 11 (1999), 246-260
 

Helbig & Seibold's paper, mentioned above, also addresses the taxonomic position of A. (scirpaceus) fuscus and A. (s.) avicenniae, and concludes that under the BSC these two forms are best considered subspecies of scirpaceus.

Caspian Reed-Warbler*     Acrocephalus fuscus
(Hemprich and Ehrenberg)   1833
n Caspian area e to Caucasus, e Asia Minor; Cyprus; Levant
split from: Acrocephalus scirpaceus
insert after: Acrocephalus scirpaceus
B. Leisler, P. Heidrich, K. Schulze-Hagen & M. Wink,
Taxonomy and phylogeny of reed warblers (genus Acrocephalus) based on mtDNA sequences and morphology
Journal für Ornithologie 138 (1997): 469-496
 

Mangrove Reed-Warbler*     Acrocephalus avicenniae
Ash, Pearson, Nikolaus & Colston   1989
Red Sea, Gulf of Aden coasts from Sudan to Somalia and sw Arabia.  mangroves
split from: Acrocephalus baeticatus
insert after: Acrocephalus fuscus
B. Leisler, P. Heidrich, K. Schulze-Hagen & M. Wink,
Taxonomy and phylogeny of reed warblers (genus Acrocephalus) based on mtDNA sequences and morphology
Journal für Ornithologie 138 (1997): 469-496
 

Iberian Chiffchaff     Phylloscopus brehmii
von Homeyer   1871
sw France; Spain; Portugal; n Algeria; n Morocco; n Tunesia?
split from: Phylloscopus collybita
insert after: Phylloscopus collybita
Andreas J. Helbig, M. Salomon, M. Wink & J. Martens,
Absence of mitochondrial gene flow between European and Iberian "chiffchaffs" (Aves: Phylloscopus collybita collybita, P. (c.) brehmii). The taxonomic consequences. Results drawn from PCR and DNA sequencing.
Comptes Rend. Acad. Sci. Paris, t. 316, Série III, (1993): 205-210
 

Canary Islands Chiffchaff     Phylloscopus canariensis
Hartwig   1886
Spain: Canary Islands, western islands (canariensis), Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (?) (exsul).  Resident
split from: Phylloscopus collybita
insert after: Phylloscopus brehmii?
Andreas J. Helbig, Jochen Martens, Ingrid Seibold, F. Henning, B. Schottler & Michael Wink,
Phylogeny and species limits in the Palearctic Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) complex: mitochondrial genetic variation and bioacoustic evidence
Ibis 138, 4 (1996): 650-666
 

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler     Phylloscopus orientalis
Brehm   1855
c, s Yugoslavia; Bulgaria; Greece; Turkey; Lebanon
split from: Phylloscopus bonelli
insert after: Phylloscopus bonelli
Andreas J. Helbig, Ingrid Seibold, Jochen Martens & Michael Wink,
Genetic differentiation and phylogenetic relationships of Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli and Green Warbler P. nitidus
Journal of Avian Biology 26, 2 (1995): 139-153
 

Gansu Leaf Warbler     Phylloscopus kansuensis
Meise  1933
w China: Gansu province.  Mountains
split from: Phylloscopus proregulus
insert after: Phylloscopus sichuanensis
Per Alström, Urban Olsson & Peter R. Colston,
Re-evaluation of the taxonomic status of Phylloscopus proregulus kansuensis Meise
Bulletin B.O.C. 117, 3 (1997): 177-193
 

Hume's / Buff-browed Warbler     Phylloscopus humei
(Brooks)   1879
Russia: sw Siberia; s S.S.R.: Turkestan, s,e Kazakhstan; ne Afghanistan; w,c China; n India
split from: Phylloscopus inornatus
insert after: Phylloscopus inornatus
Lars Svensson,
Identification Guide to European passerines
Fourth edition, Stockholm, 1992
 

Green Warbler     Phylloscopus nitidus
Blyth   1843
s Russia; s S.S.R.; n Turkey; n Iran; nw Afghanistan; India (winter).  Montane forests and shrub, 900-3000m
split from: Phylloscopus trochiloides
insert after: Phylloscopus trochiloides
Andreas J. Helbig, Ingrid Seibold, Jochen Martens & Michael Wink,
Genetic differentiation and phylogenetic relationships of Bonelli's Warbler Phylloscopus bonelli and Green Warbler P. nitidus
Journal of Avian Biology 26, 2 (1995): 139-153
 

"Common" Golden-spectacled Warbler     Seicercus burkii
(Burton)   1836
n India; Nepal; Bhutan; e Burma
 

A complete explosion of the Seicercus burkii group has taken place, unfortunately, without the authors proposing vernacular names.  For the time being, I have picked from trip reports, lacking suggestions.  But these proposals are premature, to say the least.

As if it is not enough, two genuinely new taxa in this group have also been described.   References to these can be found here.

Grey-crowned Warbler     Seicercus tephrocephalus
(Anderson)   1871
c,sw China; n Vietnam; Burma
split from: Seicercus burkii
insert after: Seicercus burkii
Per Alström & Urban Olsson,
The Golden-spectacled Warbler: a complex of sibling species, including a previously undescribed species
Ibis 141, 4 (1999): 545-568
 

Whistler's Warbler     Seicercus whistleri
Ticehurst   1925
Nepal, Bhutan, e India
split from: Seicercus burkii
insert after: Seicercus soror
Per Alström & Urban Olsson,
The Golden-spectacled Warbler: a complex of sibling species, including a previously undescribed species
 

Bianchi's Warbler     Seicercus valentini
 (Hartert)    1907
China; n Vietnam
split from: Seicercus burkii
insert after: Seicercus omeiensis
Per Alström & Urban Olsson,
The Golden-spectacled Warbler: a complex of sibling species, including a previously undescribed species
 

Usambara Hyliota     Hyliota usumbarae
Sclater-WL   1932
ne Tanzania: lower ranges of Usambara Mts.
split from: Hyliota australis
insert after: Hyliota australis
Emil K. Urban, C. Hilary Fry & Stuart Keith,
The Birds of Africa, Volume V, Academic Press, 1997

Courtois's Laughingthrush     Garrulax courtoisi
Ménégaux   1923
ec China: ne Kiangsi (includes simaoensis)
split from: Garrulax galbanus
insert after: Garrulax galbanus
A. Long, M. Crosby & T. Inskipp
A review of the taxonomic status of the Yellow-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax galbanus
Oriental Bird Club Bulletin 19 (1994): 41-48

Small Whitethroat     Sylvia minula
Hume   1873
s Kazachstan; ne,e Iran; w Afghanistan; w Pakistan; Uzbekistan; nw China: Xinjiang, Qinghai, n Gansu and w Inner Mongolia. Winters Pakistan and India. Desert steppes.
Margelanic Lesser Whitethroat     Sylvia margelanica
Stolzmann   1897
nc China: w Xinjiang, n,e Qinghai, n Gansu, n Sichuan? Wintering to sw in C Asia? High altitude, desert habitats.
split from: Sylvia minula
insert after: Sylvia minula
Hadoram Shirihai, Gabriel Gargallo & Andreas J. Helbig,
Sylvia Warblers: Identification, taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Sylvia, Christopher Helm, London, 2001
 
Asian Desert Warbler     Sylvia nana
(Ehrenberg)   1833
from n and e Caspian Sea and e Iran e through s,c Kazachstan; n Afghanistan; Turkmenia; Uzbekistan; to n,w China: Xinjiang, n Qinghai, n Gansu, w Inner Mongolia; and sw Mongolia
 
African Desert Warbler     Sylvia deserti
(Loche)   1858
se Morocco; e Western Sahara; n Mauretania; n Mali; Algeria s of Atlas Mts.; s Tunesia; w Libya. In winter disperses into adjacent desert areas, incl. n Mali and n Niger
split from: Sylvia nana
insert after: Sylvia nana
Hadoram Shirihai, Gabriel Gargallo & Andreas J. Helbig,
Sylvia Warblers: Identification, taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Sylvia, Christopher Helm, London, 2001
 
Western Orphean Warbler     Sylvia hortensis
(Gmelin)   1789
Portugal; Spain; s France; Italy; w,n Morocco; n Algeria; n Tunesia; nw Libya. Winters in narrow belt of subsaharan Africa
 
Eastern Orphean Warbler     Sylvia crassirostris
(Cretzschmar)   1826
Slovenia; Croatia; Hercegovina; Montenegro; Albania; Macedonia; Greece; s Bulgaria; Turkey; Lebanon; Israel; w Syria; w Jordan; Georgia; Armenia; Azerbeidjan; n Iraq; n,s Iran; s Turkmenia; w Pakistan; Afghanistan; e Uzbekistan; Tadzhikistan; Kirgizia
split from: Sylvia hortensis
insert after: Sylvia hortensis
Hadoram Shirihai, Gabriel Gargallo & Andreas J. Helbig,
Sylvia Warblers: Identification, taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Sylvia, Christopher Helm, London, 2001
 
Marmora's Warbler     Sylvia sarda
Temminck   1820
se France: Corsica; Italy: Sardinia, Montecristo, Giannutria, Pantellaria and isl. off sw Sicily. Winters also on w coast Italy, Sicily, ne Algeria, Tunesia, nw Libya
 
Balearic Warbler     Sylvia balearica
Jordans   1913
ce Spain: Balearic Islands except Menorca
split from: Sylvia sarda
insert after: Sylvia sarda
Hadoram Shirihai, Gabriel Gargallo & Andreas J. Helbig,
Sylvia Warblers: Identification, taxonomy and phylogeny of the genus Sylvia, Christopher Helm, London, 2001
 
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