Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

The Pitcairn Islands’ Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus vaughani) is a different species to the Henderson island Reed Warbler. It is a large warbler with a relatively short bill. It exhibits a pale head plumage and dark eye stripe. The feathers are light in colour giving it the appearance of the common sparrow for which it is known on the Island. Classified as a songbird in the genus Acrocephalus it was formerly placed in the "Old World warbler" category but is now in the newly recognized marsh-warbler family Acrocephalidae.

Reed Warbler datestampIt is endemic to Pitcairn Island, averages 17cm in length and weighs just 25 grams. Its songbird status is wide of the mark as it is unmusical and has a monotonous chirp, and loud “chack,chack”. On Pitcairn it is less common around habitations and lives in scrubland and patches of tall forest. Found rarely on the ground it feeds mainly on insects found in trees and bushes.

The Reed Warbler used to be common throughout the island, where it is the only land bird. It was formerly classified as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to its small range. But new research has shown it to be rarer than it was believed.

Consequently, it was up-listed to endangered status in 2008. This places the bird at a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Research estimates the number of mature individuals to be between 250 and 999.

The Pitcairn Island Reed Warbler first appeared on a Pitcairn islands stamp in 1964 priced at 6p. It was later overprinted with 5c. A second stamp commemorated the New Zealand International Stamp Show “Birdpex” in 1990.

This issue highlights the endangered status of the Pitcairn Reed Warbler and recognizes its endemic value being the only species in the world.
Reed Warbler FDC

Reed Warbler
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Stamp strip with 3 stamps
First Day Cover with stamp strip

Technical Details

Donna McKenna, Wellington, New Zealand

Pitcairn Stamps
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Bounty Post
Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand

Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 42.35mm x 30mm horizontal
Format: Strip of three setenant stamps
Denominations: $1.80; $2.10 and $3.40
Paper: 104gsm Tullis Russell Yellow-Green phosphor gummed stamp paper

Period of Sale:
14 June 2019 for a period of 2 years