Nightingale Reed-Warbler

Scientific Name
Acrocephalus luscinius
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (CR)

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The Nightingale Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus luscinius) is a critically endangered songbird of the Mariana Islands. The Chamorro name for the bird is Ga`ga` Karisu (bird of the reeds). The species is approximately 17 cm (7 inches) long, and is greyish olive-brown above with a pale-yellow underside. It inhabits wetlands, thickets and the margins of forests. The female is slightly smaller than the male. Both sexes have a long bill compared to other reed warbler species. The Nightingale Reed Warbler can be found on the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan and Alamagan. Until the late 1960s the bird was also on Guam. An alien species, the brown tree snake is primarily blamed for its demise on the island. It is estimated that between 2000 and 2500 birds remain, with 2200 on Saipan and 300 on Alamagan. Historically there were three subspecies of Acrocephalus luscinius that are either extinct or presumed extinct: * Aguijan Nightingale Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus luscinius nijoi: a handful of the subspecies were known to exist in the mid-1980s on the uninhabited island of Aguijan. * Astrolabe Nightingale Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus luscinius astrolabii : known from only two specimens, believed to have gone extinct in the mid-19th century. * Pagan Nightingale Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus luscinius yamashinae: considered to be extinct since the 1970s on Pagan Island.