Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Giant White-eye (Megazosterops palauensis)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops des Palau German: Bronzebrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Palaos
Taxonomy:

Cleptornis palauensis

Reichenow

, 1915,

Babeldaob, Palau

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Palau Is (Babelthuap, Urukthapel and Peleliu).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14 cm. Large, relatively dull white-eye with heavy bill. Has pale yellowish supercilium from before eye, widening backwards, narrow indistinct pale yellow... read more

Voice

Song one of the most bizarre, some downward-inflected strained whistles followed by long trill or... read more

Habitat

Native forests and Leucaena thickets.  

Food and feeding

Caterpillars, ants (Formicidae); also fruits, and nectar from flowering trees. Reportedly lives solitarily or in pairs, usually not... read more

Breeding

No information.  

Movements

Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Palau EBA. Fairly common to abundant on Peleliu in relatively undisturbed... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2017). Giant White-eye (Megazosterops palauensis). 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/60252 on 14 December 2017).