French: Zostérops d’Abyssinie German: Somalibrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos abisinio
Other common names: White-breasted White-eye
Subspecies and Distribution
Z. a. abyssinicus
Guérin-Méneville, 1843 – NE Sudan (region of Erkowit), Eritrea and N & C Ethiopia.
Z. a. arabs
L. Lorenz von Liburnau & Hellmayr, 1901 – SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen and S Oman.
Z. a. socotranus
Neumann, 1908 – N Somalia and Socotra.
Z. a. omoensis
Neumann, 1904 – W Ethiopia and possibly adjacent NE South Sudan.
10·2 cm; 7·2–12 g. Nominate race has yellow supraloral stripe extending to yellow area above bill, narrow blackish-brown line from lores to below narrow... read more
Sweet and lilting song of burry quality, like that of Afrotropical congeners. Buzzing and... read more
Broadleaf woodland and thorn-woodland (e.g. Adenium, Ziziphus on Socotra), wooded... read more
Food and feeding
Aphids (Aphidoidea) and other small insects, including caterpillars 10–38 mm long; fruits. Nestling diet exclusively insects, mainly... read more
Mainly Feb–Jul, but towards end of year on Socotra I. Nest built by both sexes, a small open cup or hammock of fine bark strips,... read more
Mainly sedentary; in most of N Tanzania (race flavilateralis) moves out of forest-edge... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of its range. Occurs in several protected areas, including Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania.
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