Alternative names: Pohnpei White-eye; Large PonapĂ© White-eye; PonapĂ© White-eye
- Rukia longirostra
13cm. A distinctive white eye.
- Long, thin and decurved bill
- Buffy olive upperparts
- Slightly greener on head
- Narrow eyering
- Blackish-brown flight-feathers and tail feathers with olive to brownish margins
- Much lighter underparts, buffy, strongest on flanks
- Chin, throat and centre of underparts slightly tinged greenish-yellow
Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.
Endemic to Pohnpei in the east-central Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia).
A widespread but uncommon restricted-range species.
This is a monotypic species.
Rukia sanfordi is a synonym to the current scientific name.
Moist forest and plantations above 600m.
No information on diet, feeds probably on insects.
Forages quietly in the canopy, often with Grey-brown White-eye.
Birds with enlarged gonads recorded in December and February, an immature seen in April. No other information on breeding.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453
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