Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Vulnerable

Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops becfigue German: Fahlbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Príncipe
Taxonomy:

Zosterops ficedulina

Hartlaub

, 1866,

hilly parts of Príncipe

.

Closely related to Z. griseovirescens. Until recently considered conspecific with Z. feae. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Príncipe I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm. Nominate race has narrow buffish-white supraloral line, black band through lores, narrow but conspicuous white eyering; above, dark olive-green, washed... read more

Voice

Powerful dawn song a monotonous and insistent, rapid series of 3–6 burry “ptirrr” notes, last note... read more

Habitat

On São Tomé dense primary and degraded rainforest from sea-level to 1000 m, mainly... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and berries. In pairs, family parties, and flocks of up to 20 individuals; often in mixed flocks with speirops (Speirops... read more

Breeding

Laying from Sept onwards, and fledglings seen in Feb. Nest a neat open cup slung under forked twig; clutch 3–5 eggs. No other... read more

Movements

Resident; possibly some local movement on São Tomé.  

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restrictedrange species: present in Sâo Tomé EBA and in Príncipe EBA. Rare to locally uncommon. Has declined seriously on Príncipe,... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2017). Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60225 on 21 October 2017).