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Broad-ringed White-eye

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Alternative name: Montane White-eye

Zosterops poliogastrus

Includes: Kikuyu White-eye; Taita White-eye; Kilimanjaro White-eye; Kulal White-eye; South Pare White-eye

Photo by volker sthamerMenagesha,  Ethiopia, December 2008
Photo by volker sthamer
Menagesha, Ethiopia, December 2008


[edit] Identification

[edit] Distribution

Eastern Africa: found in Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspecies kikuyuensis Photo by Steve GMount Kenya
Subspecies kikuyuensis
Photo by Steve G
Mount Kenya

The scientific name is sometimes spelt poliogaster

[edit] Subspecies

There are 8 subspecies[1], some of them sometimes accepted as full species[2]:

  • Z. p. poliogastrus - Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • Z. p. kaffensis - west and south Ethiopia
  • Z. p. mbuluensis - southeast Kenya and north Tanzania
  • Z. p. kikuyuensis - Kikuyu White-eye - Mount Kenya and other mountains in central Kenya
  • Z. p. kulalensis - Kulal White-eye - Mt. Kulal in Kenya
  • Z. p. eurycricotus - Kilimanjaro White-eye - Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Arusha region
  • Z. p. winifredae - South Pare White-eye - South Pare Mountains in Tanzania, sometimes regarded as subspecies of African Yellow White-eye
  • Z. p. silvanus - Taita White-eye - Taita Hills in southeast Kenya

[edit] Habitat

Highland forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

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