French: Zostérops à lunettes noires German: Schwarzring-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos ojinegro
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. e. emiliae
Sharpe, 1888 – Mt Tambuyukon and Mt Kinabalu, in N Borneo.
C. e. fusciceps
Mees, 1954 – Maga Mts (S part of Crocker Range), in N Borneo.
C. e. trinitae
Harrisson, 1957 – Mt Trus Madi, in N Borneo.
C. e. moultoni
Chasen & Kloss, 1927 – mountains of N & W Borneo: Mulu, Murud, Tama Abu Range and Poi (Pueh) Range (in Sarawak) and Mt Niyut (in W Kalimantan).
11–12 cm; one unsexed specimen 13·9 g. Nominate race has top of head and upperparts dark olive-green with distinct blackish cast (blackish very pronounced on... read more
Song, often heard in dawn choruses, a melodious “wit-a-wit, wit wit wheer”, not unlike... read more
Montane moss forest and stunted growth at higher elevations. On Mt Kinabalu above 3300 m... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and vegetable matter. Insects preferred, include e.g. grasshoppers (Orthoptera), perhaps ants (Formicidae). Vegetable matter taken... read more
Feb–Mar, Jun and Sept. Nest a rather flat compact cup of tendrils and coarse dead grasses with some lichens and staghorn moss (... read more
Some vertical movement; downhill movements during droughts, e.g. in 1983 recorded at 1500 m on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Locally common; much the commonest bird species above 2300 m on Trus Madi and above 3300... read more
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