Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated White-eye (Zosterops metcalfii)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops à gorge jaune German: Goldkehl-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos goliamarillo
Taxonomy:

Zosterops metcalfii

Tristram

, 1894,

Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands

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Affinities unclear. Geographic variation not very pronounced and mainly rests on presence or absence of eyering; race exiguus sometimes treated as synonym of nominate#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. m. exiguus Murphy, 1929 – Buka, Bougainville, Shortland Is and Choiseul, in N Solomon Is.
  • Z. m. metcalfii Tristram, 1894 – Santa Isabel and San Jorge, in NC Solomons.
  • Z. m. floridanus Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – Florida Is, in EC Solomons.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm; male 13·6 g, female 13·8 g. Nominate race has dusky lores, narrow white eyering broken before and behind eye (not easily seen in field... read more

    Voice

    Song fairly strong and loud, a pleasant but nondescript mix of 6–9 variably pitched notes.... read more

    Habitat

    Primary forest, forest edge, secondary growth, gardens and open areas with trees; often present in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits (e.g. Trema spp), grubs and insects. Usually in pairs and in parties of 3–5 birds, occasionally in flocks numbering... read more

    Breeding

    Recorded Apr–Jun, also nestlings Nov–Jan and Apr and birds with enlarged gonads in Sept in N of range (race exiguus);... read more

    Movements

    Not known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Common to abundant through most of small range.

    Recommended citation

    van Balen, B. (2017). Yellow-throated White-eye (Zosterops metcalfii). 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/60195 on 21 October 2017).