In 1949, Common Stonechats Saxicola torquata breeding in Sicily were described as a separate race, different from both S. t. rubicola, found throughout much of mainland Europe, and S. t. hibernans of westernmost Europe. The Sicilian population was given the name S. t. archimedes (Clancey 1949). Clancey reported that this race was `confined to the island of Sicily, where it abounds in a variety of


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