Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Bougainville White-eye (Zosterops hamlini)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops de Hamlin German: Bougainville-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Bougainville
Taxonomy:

Zosterops alberti hamlini

Murphy

, 1929,

Bougainville Island

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with Z. rendovae, but differs in its dull green vs white throat and neck sides (green forming hood) (3); complete mid-grey vs (in Z. r. oblitus) partial pale grey breast (2); narrow whitish eyering vs none (2); distinct pale base to lower mandible, constant on all specimens examined (ns[2]); slightly paler, greener tinge to dark grey tail (ns[1]). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Bougainville I, in NW Solomon Sea.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm. Adult has narrow white eyering (broken before and behind eye), sooty-brown forehead, darker lores; rest of head and entire upperparts plain olive-green, upperwing-... read more

Voice

Call “peeu”. Song a loud, somewhat rambling warble; not known to differ from Z. rendovae.

Habitat

Hill forest and montane forest, mainly forest edge, also secondary forest; seldom visits scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Soft seedy fruit, mostly small seeds; presumably also insects, at least occasionally. Forages in midstorey and canopy, in pairs and small... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common; possibly the most abundant bird species of the Bougainville... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Bougainville White-eye (Zosterops hamlini). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343967 on 20 August 2019).