Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)


Pitcairn Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus vaughani)


French: Rousserolle des Pitcairn German: Pitcairnrohrsänger Spanish: Carricero de la Pitcairn
Other common names: Pitcairn Warbler

Tatare vaughani


, 1900,

Pitcairn Island


Has been treated as conspecific with A. rimitarae and A. taiti, but basic differences in sequence and pattern of leucistic plumage among the three taxa suggest differentiation at species level; present species and A. taiti are sister taxa, but A. rimitarae belongs to a separate clade#R. Monotypic.


Pitcairn, in Pitcairn Is (S Polynesia).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; male 27 g, female 22 g. A large warbler with relatively short bill. Has pale supercilium and dark eyestripe; cheek olive with lighter feather edgings; neck side and... read more


Unmusical and monotonous chirp, and loud “chack, chack”; does not sing.


Mainly patches of tall forest; less common around habitations and in scrubland. Avoids areas of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in trees and bushes, rarely on ground.


Season mainly Aug–Jan. Territorial; sometimes breeds in groups. Nest a deep cup of grass and banana fibres, external diameter 8... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Pitcairn (Secondary Areas) EBA. Found only on one tiny volcanic island, where its total... read more

Recommended citation

Dyrcz, A. & de Juana, E. (2019). Pitcairn Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus vaughani). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 April 2019).