White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

African Yellow White-eye (Zosterops senegalensis) - HBW 13, p. 470

French: Zostérops jaune German: Senegalbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos Senegalés
Other common names: Yellow White-eye; Jackson’s White-eye (jacksoni)

Taxonomy: Zosterops senegalensis Bonaparte, 1850, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies and sometimes regarded as conspecific with Z. vaughani; both sometimes suggested as being part of a larger superspecies that includes also Z. abyssinicus, Z. pallidus and Z. poliogastrus, or, more unlikely, a close relationship to race kirki of Z. maderaspatanus proposed. Races gerhardi and jacksoni have in the past been included in Z. poliogastrus; jacksoni sometimes considered a separate species. Race stenocricotus differs vocally from others and may merit full species status. Races i.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Zosterops senegalensis Bonaparte, 1850, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies and sometimes regarded as conspecific with Z. vaughani; both sometimes suggested as being part of a larger superspecies that includes also Z. abyssinicus, Z. pallidus and Z. poliogastrus, or, more unlikely, a close relationship to race kirki of Z. maderaspatanus proposed. Races gerhardi and jacksoni have in the past been included in Z. poliogastrus; jacksoni sometimes considered a separate species. Race stenocricotus differs vocally from others and may merit full species status. Races intergrade widely, e.g. nominate intergrades with demeryi, stenicricotus and stuhlmanni, and quanzae with kasaicus, heinrichi and anderssoni, etc. Described races phyllicus from W Cameroon (Tatum, in Bamenda Highlands) and poensis from Bioko I (in Gulf of Guinea) synonymized with stenocricotus. Fourteen subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • senegalensis Bonaparte, 1850 - S Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea E to S Chad, Central African Republic (except SW), S Sudan, NW Ethiopia and N Eritrea.
  • demeryi Büttikofer, 1890 - Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast.
  • stenocricotus Reichenow, 1892 - SE Nigeria, highlands of Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to N Gabon; Bioko I (Fernando Póo).

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  • senegalensis Bonaparte, 1850 - S Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea E to S Chad, Central African Republic (except SW), S Sudan, NW Ethiopia and N Eritrea.
  • demeryi Büttikofer, 1890 - Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast.
  • stenocricotus Reichenow, 1892 - SE Nigeria, highlands of Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to N Gabon; Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • gerhardi van den Elzen & König, 1983 - S Sudan and NE Uganda.
  • toroensis Reichenow, 1904 - NE DRCongo and W Uganda.
  • reichenowi A. J. C. Dubois, 1911 - E DRCongo (highland forests W of L Kivu and NW of L Tanganyika).
  • stuhlmanni Reichenow, 1892 - SC Uganda S to NW Tanzania.
  • jacksoni Neumann, 1899 - highlands of Kenya and N Tanzania (Loliondo).
  • stierlingi Reichenow, 1899 - highlands of E Zambia, S & E Tanzania, Malawi and N & NW Mozambique.
  • kasaicus Chapin, 1932 - C DRCongo S to NE Angola.
  • heinrichi Meise, 1958 - NW Angola.
  • quanzae Meyer de Schauensee, 1932 - C Angola.
  • anderssoni Shelley, 1892 - savannas of SE Zaire, SW Tanzania, W Malawi and W Mozambique S to S & E Angola, N Namibia, N & NE Botswana, Zimbabwe plateau and N South Africa (E Limpopo lowveld).
  • tongensis Roberts, 1931 - lowlands of SE Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and NE South Africa (NE KwaZulu-Natal).
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