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Kolombangara White-eye

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Alternative names: Kulambangra White-eye; Hermit White-eye

Zosterops murphyi


[edit] Identification

13-14 cm. A large white-eye.

  • Very broad white eyering interrupted at front by darker loral line
  • Pale greyish-yellow lores
  • Faint dusky streak under eyering
  • Olive-green rest of head and upperparts
  • Brownish-black remiges and rectrices with olive-green edges
  • Paler olive-green underparts with some yellow
  • Black bill, yellowish base of lower mandible

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Kulambangra Island, Solomon Islands.
Common to abundant in the mountains of the island.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

[edit] Habitat

Found in mossy cloudforest from 950 m (sometimes lower) to 1620 m. Overlaps with Solomons White-eye at 950 to 1350 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects and small fruits.
Forages in the canopy of tall forests, usually above 5 m but also in lower vegetation at summit of Kolombangara. Often in large flocks of 100 or more birds and together with lorikeets and myzomelas.

[edit] Breeding

One nest with chicks recorded in October. The nest is a cup made of tiny dry twigs and placed 1.5 m high in a bush.

[edit] Movements

A resident species. Daily movements downslope in morning and back uphill in mid-afternoon.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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