Tahiti Reed Warbler
|Tahiti Reed Warbler|
|Acrocephalus caffer longirostris by William Ellis|
The Tahiti Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus caffer) 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. It is endemic to the Society Islands.
There are 2 subspecies:
- Acrocephalus caffer caffer - nominate, Tahiti Island
- Acrocephalus caffer longirostris - Moorea Island, extinct (19th century?)
Some taxonomists regard A. c. longirostris as a distinct species, the Moorea Reed Warbler. Most taxonomists regard Garrett's Reed Warbler as distinct. It formerly was considered a subspecies.
As a whole, the Tahiti Reed Warbler was classified as a Vulnerable species by the IUCN. But new research has shown it to be rarer than it was believed. Consequently, it is uplisted to Endangered status in 2008.
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