Pale-bellied white-eye

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Pale-bellied white-eye
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Species: Z. consobrinorum
Binomial name
Zosterops consobrinorum
Meyer, 1904
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The pale-bellied white-eye (Zosterops consobrinorum) is a species of bird in the Zosteropidae family. It is endemic to Sulawesi in Indonesia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The species has a limited distribution [2] and also appears to be sensitive to human disturbance.[3]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Although not yet recognized as a subspecies of the pale-bellied white-eye, in 2003 a similar bird was discovered near the village of Wanci on Wangiwangi Island and provisionally named the Wangi Wangi white-eye (Zosterops sp. nov.).[4] This island is its only known home and is part of the Tukangbesi Islands to the south-east of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

The Wangi Wangi white-eye has a number of differences from the pale-bellied white-eye including larger size, a black body, a long yellow beak, a gray breast and pale feet. Like most white-eyes it has a white ring around the eye and green upperparts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Zosterops consobrinorum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ van Balen, S (2008). Family Zosteropidae (White-eyes). In: del Hoyo J, Elliot A, Christie DA, editors Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 13. Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. pp. 402–485. ISBN 9788496553453.
  3. ^ Martin, Thomas Edward; Blackburn, George Alan (2010). "Impacts of Tropical Forest Disturbance Upon Avifauna on a Small Island with High Endemism: Implications for Conservation". Conservation & Society. 8: 127–139 – via http://www.conservationandsociety.org.
  4. ^ Owen, James (2004-01-26). "Mystery Bird Discovered On Indonesian Island". National Geographic News. Retrieved 2007-04-24.