Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Endangered

Taita White-eye (Zosterops silvanus)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops des Taita German: Taitabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos serrano de los Taita
Taxonomy:

Zosterops silvanus

J. L. Peters and Loveridge

, 1935,

Mt Mbololo, 4800 feet [c. 1465 m], Taita, Kenya

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Usually treated as conspecific with Z. poliogastrus, but see comments under that species. Differs from poliogastrus by its dark green vs yellow forehead (3); greatly reduced yellow on throat (2); much darker grey flanks (2); very large eyering (mensural character; 3); and much shorter wing (2); from Z. kaffensis by its dark green vs yellow forehead (3); greatly reduced yellow on throat and none on belly (3); extensive dark grey vs olive-green flanks (3); very large eyering (3); and much shorter wing (2); from Z. kulalensis by its dark green vs yellow forehead (3); greatly reduced yellow on throat (2); darker and more extensive grey flanks (2); very large eyering (3); and somewhat shorter wing (at least 1); from Z. kikuyuensis by its dark green vs yellow forehead (3); greatly reduced yellow on throat and none on belly (3); dark and more extensive grey vs deep olive-green flanks (3); and larger eyering (1); from Z. eurycricotus by its duller, greener throat (1); darkish grey vs olive-green flanks (3); slightly whitish vs narrowly yellow belly (2); and shorter wing (at least 1); from Z. mbuluensis by its dark green vs yellow forehead (2); greatly reduced yellow on throat and none on belly (3); extensive darkish grey vs narrow olive-green flanks (3); and much larger eyering (2); and from Z. winifredae in characters given under that 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:

Mt Kasigau and Taita Hills, in SE Kenya.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Taita White-eye (Zosterops silvanus). 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/1343961 on 20 August 2019).