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

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.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2

References

  1. Beier J, Leisler B, Wink M (1996) Erster Nachweis eines Hybriden zwischen Teichrohrsänger Acrocephalus scirpaceus und Drosselrohrsänger A. arundinaceus. Limicola 10:304–310

    Google Scholar 

  2. Dawson DA (2007) Genomic analysis of passerine birds using conserved microsatellite loci. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield, UK

  3. Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Küpper C, Stewart IRK, Ball AD, Durrant KL, Hansson B, Bacon I, Bird S, Klein A, Lee JW, Martín-Gálvez D, Simeoni M, Smith G, Spurgin LG, Burke T (2009) New methods to identify conserved microsatellite loci and develop primer sets of high utility—as demonstrated for birds. Mol Ecol Resources (in press)

  4. Gjershaug JO, Thingstad PG, Eldøy S, Byrkjeland S (1994) Norsk fugleatlas. Norsk ornitologisk forening, Klæbu

    Google Scholar 

  5. Glutz von Blotzheim UN, Bauer KM (1991) Handbuch der Vögel Mitteleuropas, vol 12/I, Passeriformes (3. Teil). Aula, Wiesbaden, Germany

  6. Griffiths R, Double MC, Orr K, Dawson RJG (1998) A DNA test to sex most birds. Mol Ecol 7:1071–1075

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Hansson B, Roggeman W, De Smet G (2004) Molecular evidence of a reed warbler × great reed warbler hybrid (Acrocephalus scirpaceus × A. arundinaceus) in Belgium. J Ornithol 145:159–160

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Hebert PDN, Stoeckle MY, Zemlak TS, Francis CM (2004) Identification of birds through DNA barcodes. PLoS Biol 2:1657–1663

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. Helbig AJ, Seibold I (1999) Molecular phylogeny of Palearctic-African Acrocephalus and Hippolais warblers (Aves: Sylviidae). Mol Phylogenet Evol 11:246–260

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Kerr KCR, Lijtmaer DA, Barreira AS, Hebert PDN, Tubaro PL (2009) Probing evolutionary patterns in Neotropical birds through DNA barcodes. PLoS ONE 4:e4379

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. Koskimies P (1980) Breeding biology of Blyth′s reed warbler in SE Finland. Ornis Fenn 57:26–32

    Google Scholar 

  12. Koskimies P (1984) Polygyny in Blyth′s reed warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum. Ann Zool Fenn 21:239–242

    Google Scholar 

  13. Leisler B, Heidrich P, Schulze-Hagen K, Wink M (1997) Taxonomy and phylogeny of reed warblers (genus Acrocephalus) based on mtDNA sequences and morphology. J Ornithol 138:469–496

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. Lemaire F (1977) Mixed song, interspecific competition and hybridisation in the reed and marsh warblers. Behaviour 63:215–240

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. Martín-Gálvez D, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Burke T (2009) Isolation, characterization and chromosome locations of polymorphic black-billed magpie Pica pica (Corvidae, AVES) microsatellite loci. Mol Ecol Resources (in press)

  16. Price T (2008) Speciation in birds. Roberts, Greenwood Village

    Google Scholar 

  17. Ratnasingham S, Hebert PDN (2007) Bold: the barcode of life data system (http://www.barcodinglife.org). Mol Ecol Notes 7:355–364

  18. Reinsborg T, Berge T, Dahl EL, Kamsvåg C, Størkersen ØR (2008) The Norwegian bird report 2004 (in Norwegian with English summary). Ornis Nor 31:132–171

    Article  Google Scholar 

  19. Sharrock JTR (1985) Mystery photographs. Br Birds 78:434–437

    Google Scholar 

  20. Svensson L (1992) Identification guide to European passerines, 4th edn. Svensson, Stockholm

  21. Wirtz P (1999) Mother species—father species: unidirectional hybridization in animals with female choice. Anim Behav 58:1–12

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Jan T. Lifjeld.

Additional information

Communicated by M. Wink.

Electronic supplementary material

Below is the link to the electronic supplementary material.

Supplementary material 1 (DOC 51 kb)

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Lifjeld, J.T., Marthinsen, G., Myklebust, M. et al. A wild Marsh Warbler × Sedge Warbler hybrid (Acrocephalus palustris × A. schoenobaenus) in Norway documented with molecular markers. J Ornithol 151, 513–517 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-009-0469-0

Download citation

Keywords

  • Acrocephalus palustris
  • Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
  • Hybrid
  • mtDNA
  • Microsatellites