Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Kulal White-eye (Zosterops kulalensis)


French: Zostérops du Kulal German: Kulalbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos serrano del Kulal

Zosterops pallida kulalensis

J. G. Williams

, 1948,

Mt. Kulal, northern Kenya


Usually treated as conspecific with Z. poliogastrus, but see comments under that species. Differs from poliogastrus by its paler yellow throat (1); yellowish vs whitish belly (2); grey vs buffy-grey flanks (2); possibly less yellow on forehead (ns); and larger size (heavier and longer-tailed; 2); from Z. kaffensis by its paler yellow throat (1); grey vs olive-green flanks (3); yellowish vs strong yellow belly (2); and larger size (bigger bill and longer tail; allow 2); and from Z. kikuyuensis, Z. silvanus, Z. eurycricotus, Z. mbuluensis and Z. winifredae in characters given under those species. Recent research suggests that most of these taxa are also vocally distinct from one another#R, but work needed to assess levels of divergence. Monotypic.

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Mt Kulal, in N Kenya.

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Kulal White-eye (Zosterops kulalensis). 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 on 22 July 2019).