(syn. Zosterops Ϯ Bare-eyed White-eye Z. superciliosus) Charles Morris Woodford (1853-1927) British naturalist, Resident Commissioner in the Solomons Protectorate 1896-1914; "WOODFORDIA, gen. nov. ... WOODFORDIA SUPERCILIOSA, sp. nov. ... Owing to its large bill, short tail, thick tarsus, and stout and fleshy feet, I was doubtful even of the family to which this bird belonged until I had examined its tongue, which is deeply grooved down the centre, bifid, and brush-like at the tip. One, however, of its chief characteristics is the bare ring round, and the wrinkled skin in front of the eye, showing an affinity to the genera Melidectes and Melipotes, but both of these have the skin on the sides of the face smooth, and the bare space larger behind than in the front of the eye. In the total absence of the first primary, Woodfordia resembles the genus Zosterops. I have much pleasure in generically associating with the present species the name of its discoverer, and one who has for many years past, by his well-known work, and collecting of specimens, contributed so largely towards a knowledge of the fauna of the Solomon Islands." (North 1906). Some workers decry the use of genetic data to drown morphologically distinct taxa, such as Woodfordia, in larger, more uniform genera.