Rimatara reed warbler (Acrocephalus rimitarae)

The Rimatara reed warbler (Acrocephalus rimitarae ) is a species of Old World warbler in the Acrocephalidae family. It is found only on the island of Rimatara in French Polynesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and swamps.

IMG_1369The are endemic to the island of Rimatara but have been overshadowed by the other endemic bird, the spectacular Rimatara Lorikeet.  They are a bit harder to spot but if you walk slowly along the main road, you will probably see them if you are watching carefully.


This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is confined to one very small island where although it is currently not uncommon, it would have to be uplisted were a decline detected.






Unfortunately, I can’t find a video online.  If I do, I will update this post.

One Last Evening With The Rimatara Lorikeets

Although it had been cloudy throughout the day, we got very lucky and it didn’t rain so we got to spend one last evening watching the beautiful Rimatara Lorikeets have dinner before flying off to roost for the night.

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IMG_1412 IMG_1451 IMG_1456 IMG_1362After bidding farewell to the lorikeets, we walked back past the airport turnoff to our bungalow.IMG_1368

This little Oromao Rimatara Reed-Warbler was in a tree nearby.IMG_1369

We got a beautiful sunset as we sat on the deck.  A few lorikeets came close so I couldn’t resist getting a few more shots.IMG_1376 IMG_1378 IMG_1379 IMG_1380 IMG_1392 IMG_1396 IMG_1400

This is the fragrant lei I was given at the airport, kept the room smelling nice!IMG_1491