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The Pitcairn reed warbler (Acrocephalus vaughani) is a songbird in the genus Acrocephalus. Formerly placed in the "Old World warbler" assemblage (Sylviidae), it is now in the newly recognized marsh-warbler family Acrocephalidae.

Pitcairn reed warbler
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Acrocephalidae
Genus: Acrocephalus
A. vaughani
Binomial name
Acrocephalus vaughani
(Sharpe, 1900)

It is endemic to Pitcairn Island in the southern Pacific. Locally known as the "sparrow" (true sparrows are not found on Pitcairn), it used to be common throughout the island, where it is the only land bird. It was formerly classified as a vulnerable species by the IUCN due to its small range.[2] But new research has shown it to be rarer than it was believed. Consequently, it was uplisted to endangered status in 2008.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2014). "Acrocephalus vaughani". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  2. ^ BLI (2004)
  3. ^ BLI (2008)

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