Acrocephalus sp.


 
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Majuro Reed-Warbler
(Acrocephalus sp.)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Marshall Islands: Jaluit (?), Majuro, Wotho (?)

 
local name:

Anang (?) (Marshallese)
Annan (?) (Marshallese)
Annang (?) (Marshallese)

 
size: (?)

extinction date: around 1880 (?)

 
A single bone, which was found on the Majuro atoll, is the only evidence for the former existence of this species.

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Interestingly is the fact that old oral traditions of the islanders of at least three atolls (Jaluit, Majuro, Wotho) mention a small songbird, which once was common on the northern islands in the Marshall archipelago.

This bird was said to live near the beaches among coral rocks on or near the floor.

The native name of this bird is, depending to the island, given as Anang, Annan or Annang.

 
References:

- David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006
- Dirk H. R. Spennemann: Extinctions and extirpations in Marshall Islands avifauna since European contact-a review of historic evidence. Micronesica 38(2): 253266. 2006