Family Reed-warblers (Acrocephalidae)

Least Concern

Southern Marquesan Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus mendanae)


French: Rousserolle des Marquises German: Südmarquesas-Rohrsänger Spanish: Carricero de las Marquesas meridional
Other common names: Southern Marquesan Warbler

Acrocephalus mendanae


, 1883,

Hivaoa or Tahuata, Marquesas Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with A. percernis, but split on basis of molecular analyses#R#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. consobrina#R (Murphy & Mathews, 1928) – Motu One I (N Marquesas).
  • A. m. dido#R (Murphy & Mathews, 1928) – Uapou I (C Marquesas).
  • A. m. mendanae Tristram, 1883 – Hivaoa I and Tahuata I (SC Marquesas).
  • A. m. fatuhivae#R (Murphy & Mathews, 1928) – Fatu Hiva I, in S Marquesas Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–22 cm. A large reed-warbler, bright yellow below, with medium-length, slightly curved bill. Has whitish lores, yellow supercilium, malar and ear-coverts; feathers of... read more


    Song of whistles, churring notes, warbles and rasping scolds, in complex and variable combinations... read more


    Lowland plantations, e.g. of coconut, dry brushy hillsides, villages, gardens and wet upland forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, i.e. orthopterans, flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), hymenopterans, small adult lepidopterans, caterpillars, bugs (... read more


    No distinct breeding season; active nests found in nearly every month, with birds in breeding condition in Jan, May and Aug–Dec and... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Marquesas Islands EBA. Abundant on five of the six major islands of the Marquesas. Race dido... read more

    Recommended citation

    Dyrcz, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Southern Marquesan Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus mendanae). 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 21 April 2019).