Grey-throated white-eye

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Grey-throated white-eye
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Species: Z. rendovae
Binomial name
Zosterops rendovae
Tristram, 1882
Synonyms

Zosterops ugiensis

The grey-throated white-eye (Zosterops rendovae) is a species of bird. Its family, the Zosteropidae, is probably not valid and belongs in the Timaliidae instead. It is also known as Zosterops ugiensis because Z. rendovae has often been used for the Solomons white-eye (Z. kulambangrae).[2][3]

It is found in the islands of Guadalcanal, Makira and Bougainville, all part of the Solomon Islands archipelago. Each island has its own subspecies: Z. r. rendovae on Makira, Z. r. oblitus on Guadalcanal and Z. r. hamlini on Bougainville.[2] It inhabits primary forest, mainly at 900–2000 m above sea-level but small numbers occur at lower levels.[4]

It is a small bird, 12–13 cm long. It is fairly dark green above with a brownish tail, a variable dark brown area between the eye and bill and a narrow white ring around the eye. The underparts are dark grey apart from the green chin, pale centre to the belly and yellow undertail-coverts. The bill is blackish with a pale base to the lower mandible.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Zosterops rendovae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Internet Bird Collection. "Grey-throated White-eye (Zosterops rendovae)". Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Mees, G. F. (1955). "The name of the white-eye from Rendova Island (Solomon Islands)". Zoologische Mededelingen. 33 (28): 99–100. 
  4. ^ a b Doughty, Chris; Nicolas Day; Andrew Plant (1999). Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu & New Caledonia. London: Christopher Helm.