An intriguing case of what appears to be modern-day ornithological fraud has come to light, involving one of the Western Palearctic's least-known birds, the Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis. A paper published in the Taylor & Francis journal Zoology in the Middle East (Al-Sheikhly et al. 2013), based on a study in Iraq and carried out mostly in 2006 and 2007, made a number of claims abo...

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