White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

African Montane White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus) - HBW 13, p. 473

French: Zostérops alticole German: Heuglinbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos Serrano
Other common names: Broad-ringed White-eye, Heuglin's/Highland/(African) Mountain White-eye; Kikuyu White-eye (kikuyuensis); Kulal White-eye (kulalensis); Mbulu White-eye (mbuluensis); South Pare White-eye (winifredae); Taita/Teita White-eye (silvanus)

Taxonomy: Zosterops poliogastra Heuglin, 1861, highlands of Ethiopia.
Sometimes thought to form a superspecies with Z. abyssinicus, Z. pallidus, Z. senegalensis and Z. vaughani. Races gerhardi and jacksoni of Z. senegalensis have at times been included in present species, but seem closer to former species. Geographical variation quite well marked; each of the races silvanus, kikuyuensis, eurycricotus, kulalensis, winifredae and mbuluensis has been considered to be a full species. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • poliogastrus Heuglin, 1861 - Eritrea, and Ethiopian Highlands (except W, SW) S to Addis Ababa (also Yavello) and E to Harar; and locally in mountains of SE Sudan (Imatong, Dongotona, Didinga).
  • kaffensis Neumann, 1902 - W & SW Ethiopia.
  • kulalensis J. G. Williams, 1948 - Mt Kulal, in N Kenya.

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  • poliogastrus Heuglin, 1861 - Eritrea, and Ethiopian Highlands (except W, SW) S to Addis Ababa (also Yavello) and E to Harar; and locally in mountains of SE Sudan (Imatong, Dongotona, Didinga).
  • kaffensis Neumann, 1902 - W & SW Ethiopia.
  • kulalensis J. G. Williams, 1948 - Mt Kulal, in N Kenya.
  • kikuyuensis Sharpe, 1891 - C Kenyan Highlands from Meru district, Mt Kenya and Aberdare Mts S to Nairobi.
  • eurycricotus G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 - N Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro region, Arusha, Mt Meru, Essimingor, Lossogonoi, Lolkissale).
  • mbuluensis W. L. Sclater & Moreau, 1935 - S Kenya (Namanga Hill and Chyulu Hills) and N Tanzania (from Mt Hanang, Mbulu and Crater Highlands, Mt Ketumbeine and Longido E to N Pare Mts).
  • silvanus J. L. Peters & Loveridge, 1935 - Mt Kasigau and Teita Hills, in SE Kenya.
  • winifredae W. L. Sclater, 1934 - S Pare Mts, in NE Tanzania.
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