Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)


Marianne White-eye (Zosterops semiflavus)


French: Zostérops de Marianne German: Mariannebrillenvogel Spanish: Zarzalero de Marianne
Other common names: Seychelles Yellow White-eye

Zosterops semiflava

E. Newton

, 1867,

Marianne Island, Seychelles


Previously considered conspecific with Z. mayottensis, but smaller and slightly less yellow, with a duller yellow frontal bar, as well as being genetically distinct#R. Monotypic.


Marianne I, Seychelles.

Reports that this species occurred also on Mahé, South-East I, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette remain unsubstantiated#R. Apart from Newton’s specimens, it seems to have been collected only in 1892#R. The species was certainly extinct by 1940, and probably around 1900. Causes of its demise suggested as being deforestation, predation by introduced rats and competition with introduced bird species.

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Recommended citation

(2017). Marianne White-eye (Zosterops semiflavus). 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 23 November 2017).