Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Mbulu White-eye (Zosterops mbuluensis)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops du Mbulu German: Mbulubrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos serrano de Mbulu
Taxonomy:

Zosterops virens mbuluensis

W. L. Sclater and Moreau

, 1935,

Oldeani Forest, Mbulu district, Tanzania

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Usually treated as conspecific with Z. poliogastrus, but see comments under that species. Differs from poliogastrus by its orange-tinged vs yellow forehead (2); olive-green vs buffy-grey flanks (3); strong yellow vs whitish belly (3); more golden vs yellow undertail-coverts (ns[1]); larger eyering (mensural character; 2); and shorter wing (allow 2); from Z. kaffensis by its orange-tinged vs yellow forehead (2); more golden vs yellow undertail-coverts (1); larger eyering (2); shorter wing (allow 2); and longer bill (ns[1]); from Z. kulalensis by its orange-tinged vs yellow forehead (2); olive-green vs grey flanks (3); strong yellow vs yellowish belly (2); more golden vs yellow undertail-coverts (ns[1]); larger eyering (2); and shorter wing (allow 2); from Z. kikuyuensis by its orange-tinged vs extensive yellow forehead (3); more golden vs yellow undertail-coverts (1); blacker tail (1); and shorter wing and notably tail (allow 2); from Z. eurycricotus by its orange-tinged vs green forehead (2); brighter yellow throat to belly (2); paler olive-green flanks (1); more golden vs yellow undertail-coverts (1); and shorter wing and notably tail (allow 2); and from Z. silvanus and Z. winifredae in characters given under those species. Recent research suggests 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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Distribution:

S Kenya (Namanga Hills and Chyulu Hills) and N Tanzania (from Mt Hanang, Mbulu and Crater Highlands, Mt Ketumbeine and Longido E to N Pare Mts).

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Mbulu White-eye (Zosterops mbuluensis). 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/1343963 on 20 August 2019).