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Journal of Ornithology

, Volume 151, Issue 2, pp 513–517 | Cite as

A wild Marsh Warbler × Sedge Warbler hybrid (Acrocephalus palustris × A. schoenobaenus) in Norway documented with molecular markers

  • Jan T. Lifjeld
  • Gunnhild Marthinsen
  • Magne Myklebust
  • Deborah A. Dawson
  • Arild Johnsen
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Abstract

We present photographic and molecular evidence of a wild Marsh Warbler × Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus palustris × A. schoenobaenus) hybrid that occurred over three breeding seasons (2007–2009) near Trondheim, Central Norway. The bird had the appearance of a Marsh Warbler but with some typical Sedge Warbler plumage traits. DNA analyses of a few plucked body feathers, using the COI barcode region (mtDNA) and conserved microsatellite loci, confirmed that the bird was a hybrid, with a Marsh Warbler mother and a Sedge Warbler father.

Keywords

Acrocephalus palustris Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Hybrid mtDNA Microsatellites 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan T. Lifjeld
    • 1
  • Gunnhild Marthinsen
    • 1
  • Magne Myklebust
    • 2
  • Deborah A. Dawson
    • 3
  • Arild Johnsen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre for Biosystematics, Natural History MuseumUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Ornithological SocietyTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, NERC Biomolecular Analysis FacilityUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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