Originally Posted by Steve Lister
Everything I read about this seems to suggest different things!
The actual paper, or at least the abstract, that is referenced in the IOC Diary announcement does not mention inornata at all. Yet elsewhere it is used for the North African form of Western Subalpine.
I think I will wait for a proper explanation - don't know who will provide it though.
And really, when it comes down to it, they are all Subalpine Warblers anyway: I much preferred it that way.
it's confusing because there are simultaneous discussions about species limits and nomenclature/type species etc.
anyway, as I understand it (please correct me if wrong) the latest position (incorporating the findings of several different papers up to and including Zuccon et al) is as follows:-
WESTERN SUBALPINE Sylvia iberiae
(monotypic) Iberian Pen., s France, extreme nw Italy, nw Africa
MOLTONI'S Sylvia subalpina
(monotypic) w Mediterranean, nw Italy
this has junior synonyms moltonii AND inornata (because the type specimen of inornata collected in Tunisia turned out to be migrant subalpina [Note - i've not actually read this paper apaprt from the abstract so going off what other people said])
EASTERN SUBALPINE Sylvia cantillans
with two subspecies
c, s Italy, Sicily = cantillans
ne Italy through se Europe to w Turkey = albistriata
IOC have accepted the split but they only update the list twice a year so this page https://www.worldbirdnames.org/bow/sylvias/
hasn't been updated yet
I guess it remains to be seen whether they accept the new nomenclature or not
EDIT: just seen Andy's post - i don't think that's quite right. As i understand it Moltoni's remains monotypic, inornata as a name disappears, and the N.African birds are merged into iberiae