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Journal of Arid Land  2017, Vol. 9 Issue (2): 313-317    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-017-0053-z
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A new bird record in China: Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) and its song characteristics
Kangping XU1,2, Xin NI2, Ming MA2,3, Xinbin CAI1, Jun GOU2, Dahuan SUN2, Xuanlong LIN1,2,*(), Peng DING2,4,*()
1 Institute of Forest Ecology, Xinjiang Academy of Forestry, Urumqi 830063, China
2 Xinjiang Bird Watching Society, Urumqi 830011, China
3 Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
4 Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Monitoring and Risk Warning, Xinjiang Academy of Environmental Protection Science, Urumqi 830011, China
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Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), belonging to the genus of Acrocephalus and the family of Acrocephalidae, breeds widely but locally in the warm temperate regions from Northwest Africa and eastern Iberian Peninsula to eastern Kazakhstan. However, this species has never been scientifically recorded in China. On 22 April 2016, a Moustached Warbler was observed in Ulanbuy wetland (43°36′N, 87°43′E; 1114 m a.s.l.), Urumqi, Xinjiang of China. This was the first photography-confirmed record of Moustached Warbler in China. As Moustached Warbler is a songbird, the songs were then recorded on 18 May 2016 using a Sony PCM D-100 recorder and the song characteristics were analyzed using Avisoft-SASLab software. The result showed that the mean maximum frequency of song strophes was 6.64 (±0.47) kHz and the mean minimum frequency of song strophes was 1.72 (±0.14) kHz. This study could considered as a supplement of the checklist of birds in China.

Key wordsMoustached Warbler      Acrocephalus melanopogon      songbird      song characteristics      Urumqi      China     
Received: 25 July 2016      Published: 20 April 2017
Corresponding Authors: Xuanlong LIN,Peng DING     E-mail:;
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Kangping XU, Xin NI, Ming MA, Xinbin CAI, Jun GOU, Dahuan SUN, Xuanlong LIN, Peng DING. A new bird record in China: Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) and its song characteristics. Journal of Arid Land, 2017, 9(2): 313-317.

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