Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Endangered

Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops becfigue German: Fahlbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Príncipe
Taxonomy:

Zosterops ficedulina

Hartlaub

, 1866,

hilly parts of Príncipe

.

Closely related to Z. griseovirescens. Until recently considered conspecific with Z. feae. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Príncipe I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 7–8 g. Adult has narrow buffish-white supraloral line, black band through lores, narrow but conspicuous white eyering; above, dark olive-green, washed brownish, top... read more

Voice

Poorly known. No complex song has been recorded. Contact calls “prrrip, prrriip…”; flight calls... read more

Habitat

In forest canopy and tallest trees in plantations in hilly interior.

Food and feeding

Insects and berries. In pairs, family parties, and flocks of up to ten individuals; often in mixed flocks with Z. leucophaeus,... read more

Breeding

Lays from Sept onwards. Nest a neat open cup slung under forked twig; clutch 3–5 eggs. No other information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Príncipe EBA. Population believed to be in ongoing decline and to number between 250 and 1000 individuals. Rare to... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus). 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/60225 on 20 August 2019).