The Nauru reed warbler (Acrocephalus rehsei) is the only passerine land-
bird that breeds on the island of Nauru in the Pacific Ocean. It is
related to other Micronesian reed warblers, all of which evolved from
one of several radiations of the genus across the Pacific. Related
warblers on nearby islands include the Carolinian reed warbler, with
which the Nauru species was initially confused, and the nightingale reed
warbler. A medium-sized warbler, the Nauru reed warbler has dark brown
upperparts, cream underparts and a long, thin beak. It makes a low, cup-
shaped nest into which it lays two or three white eggs, and it feeds on
insects. It is found throughout Nauru, whose environment has changed
substantially in recent decades due to phosphate mining. The Nauru reed
warbler is potentially threatened by introduced predators and habitat
loss, and its small range leaves the species vulnerable to diseases and
tropical cyclones. Reports of a similar warbler from nearby islands
suggest that the Nauru reed warbler may have been eradicated from those
islands by introduced cats.
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