White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Abyssinian White-eye (Zosterops abyssinicus) - HBW 13, p. 469

French: Zostérops à flancs jaunes German: Somalibrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos Abisinio
Other common names: White-breasted/Yellow White-eye, Abyssinian (Yellow) White-eye; Kenya (Yellow) White-eye (flavilateralis, omoensis)

Taxonomy: Zosterops abyssinicus Guérin-Méneville, 1843, Ethiopia.
Sometimes included in a superspecies with Z. pallidus, Z. senegalensis and Z. poliogastrus. Races believed by some authors to represent two separate species, nominate, arabs, socotranus and jubaensis forming one species and omoensis and flavilateralis another. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • abyssinicus Guérin-Méneville, 1843 - NE Sudan (region of Erkowit), Eritrea and N & C Ethiopia.
  • arabs Lorenz von Liburmau & Hellmayr, 1901 - SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen and S Oman.
  • socotranus Neumann, 1908 - N Somalia and Socotra I.

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  • abyssinicus Guérin-Méneville, 1843 - NE Sudan (region of Erkowit), Eritrea and N & C Ethiopia.
  • arabs Lorenz von Liburmau & Hellmayr, 1901 - SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen and S Oman.
  • socotranus Neumann, 1908 - N Somalia and Socotra I.
  • omoensis Neumann, 1904 - W Ethiopia.
  • jubaensis Erlanger, 1901 - S Ethiopia, N Kenya (S to Kulal) and S Somalia.
  • flavilateralis Reichenow, 1892 - E, C & S Kenya S to NE & E Tanzania.
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