Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Oya Tabu White-eye (Zosterops crookshanki)


French: Zostérops de Crookshank German: Nidulabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Entrecasteaux

Zosterops fuscicapilla crookshanki

Mayr and Rand

, 1935,

Goodenough Island, D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago


Usually considered conspecific with Z. fuscicapilla, but recent discovery of population on Fergusson I reinforces case for species rank#R: differs from latter in its markedly broader eyering (2); silver-grey vs brown iris (3); less yellow, more olivaceous on rump and underparts (1); browner tail (ns[1]); larger size (at least 1); and seemingly very different song on basis of published descriptions#R#R. However, this assumes iris colour is pale on Goodenough I; moreover, Fergusson birds have black crowns and head sides apparently like Z. fuscicapilla and unlike Goodenough birds, suggesting a link but also an undescribed subspecies. Monotypic.

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Fergusson I and Goodenough I (D’Entrecasteaux Is)#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Oya Tabu White-eye (Zosterops crookshanki). 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 January 2018).