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Sylvia nana

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea
Familia: Sylviidae
Genus: Sylvia
Species: Sylvia nana
Subspecies: S. n. nana - S. n. theresae


Sylvia nana (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833)


Symbolae Physicae (1828) sig.cc,note5

Vernacular names
English: Desert Warbler, Asian Desert Warbler


The Desert Warblers are typical warblers which consist of two distinctive forms. These were previously treated as subspecies, but are now given specific status. They are still each other's closest living relatives, and their relationships to other typical warblers are not clear. They may be somewhat close to the Whitethroat (which in turn is not close to the Lesser Whitethroat). Particularly, female Whitethroats look much like a richly-colored Asian Desert Warbler minus supercilium. But it seems nonetheless that all these 3 taxa are fairly basal members of the genus.(Helbig 2001, Jønsson & Fjeldså 2006)

* African Desert Warbler, Sylvia deserti is a resident breeder in northwest Africa at the fringe of the Sahara Desert.

Basic color pale sand

* Asian Desert Warbler, Sylvia nana breeds in south central temperate Asia. This form is migratory, wintering in north easternmost Africa, Arabia and India. It has occurred as a rare vagrant as far west as Great Britain.

Basic color gray sand

Sexes are almost identical in both. This is a small "warbler" with a sand-coloured back and head, whitish underparts, and a yellow eye. Like its relatives, it is insectivorous, but will also take berries. The song is a distinctive jingle often given in an advertisement flight.

This small passerine bird breeds in semi-desert and other arid environments, as long as some bushes for nesting occur. The nest is built in low shrub, and 4-6 eggs are laid.

See also

* Gloger's Rule


* Helbig, A. J. (2001): Phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Sylvia. In: Shirihai, Hadoram: Sylvia warblers: 24-29. Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J. ISBN 0691088330

* Jønsson, Knud A. & Fjeldså, Jon (2006): A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds (Aves: Passeri). Zool. Scripta 35(2): 149–186. doi::10.1111/j.1463-6409.2006.00221.x (HTML abstract)

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