We assessed the genetic diversity and phylogeography of the Azores Blackbird Turdus merula, based on sequences of two mitochondrial genes (Cytochrome b and NADH Dehydrogenase subunit 2) and one nuclear gene (Aconitase 1 — intron 9) from 45 individuals and an outgroup of 15 birds from Madeira, continental west Europe and north Africa. Our results revealed the lack of genetic structure on these islands and the presence of, at least, two different lineage groups that may indicate two different founder events of the Azores by Blackbirds.
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Vol. 51 • No. 2