Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 149, Issue 3, pp 399–413

Mitochondrial phylogeographies of five widespread Eurasian bird species


    • Bell Museum, University of Minnesota
  • Alexandra Pavlova
    • Bell Museum, University of Minnesota
    • School of Biological SciencesMonash University
  • Sergei Drovetski
    • Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Alaska Anchorage
  • Sievert Rohwer
    • Burke Museum and Department of BiologyUniversity of Washington
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10336-008-0276-z

Cite this article as:
Zink, R.M., Pavlova, A., Drovetski, S. et al. J Ornithol (2008) 149: 399. doi:10.1007/s10336-008-0276-z


Five species of Eurasian birds displayed a range of mitochondrial DNA phylogeographic structures, including a single widespread lineage (common sandpiper), two geographically unsorted and closely related lineages (long-tailed tit), three partially overlapping closely related lineages (reed bunting), and two divergent geographically isolated lineages that rival species distinction (red-breasted flycatcher and skylark). Only the red-breasted flycatcher and the skylark displayed congruent phylogeographic structures. These five species represent different stages of diversification and speciation. There was little evidence that natural selection had influenced mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (ND2) sequences. In several instances, population growth was hypothesized, based on haplotype distributions within populations.


PhylogeographyMitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)Population structureGene flowSpecies limitsMismatch distribution

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