French: Zostérops à front jaune German: Gelbstirn-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos frentigualdo
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
Subspecies and Distribution
Z. f. perplexus
Murphy & Mathews, 1929 – extreme N & NE Vanuatu from Banks Is (Vanua Lava, Mere Lava) S to Maewo, Aoba, Pentecost, Ambrym, Paama, Lopevi, Epi, Tongoa and Emae.
Z. f. gauensis
Murphy & Mathews, 1929 – Santa María I (Gaua), in N Vanuatu.
Z. f. brevicauda
Murphy & Mathews, 1929 – Espiritu Santo and Malo, in NW Vanuatu.
Z. f. macgillivrayi
Sharpe, 1900 – Malakula, in NC Vanuatu.
Z. f. efatensis
Mayr, 1937 – Nguna, Éfaté and Erromango, in SC Vanuatu.
Z. f. flavifrons
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Tanna, Aniwa and Futuna (Erronan), in S Vanuatu.
Z. f. majusculus
Murphy & Mathews, 1929 – Anatom (Aneityum), in extreme S Vanuatu.
11·5–12·5 cm; 10·9–11·9g. Nominate has yellowish forehead and supraloral region, broad white eyering interrupted at front by small... read more
Pleasant, often repeated warbling song. Contact call a short, high-pitched “chip-chip”... read more
Primary forest, secondary forest, plantations, scrub, scattered bushes, trees, second growth and... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, fruits, nectar, fruit seeds, probably also small buds. Insects include beetles (Coleoptera), also eggs and larvae, e.g.... read more
Season Sept–Jan, sometimes to Mar; young just out of nest in Dec in NW (race brevicauda), and birds with enlarged gonads in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA. Common and widespread; perhaps the most numerous bird species in Vanuatu. Occurs on... read more
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