White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Australian Yellow White-eye (Zosterops luteus) - HBW 13, p. 462

French: Zostérops à ventre jaune German: Mangrovebrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos Australiano
Other common names: Mangrove/Yellow/Golden White-eye, (Yellow) Silvereye(!)

Taxonomy: Zosterops luteus Gould, 1843, Greenhill Island, Van Diemen Gulf, Northern Territory, Australia.
Formerly considered conspecific with Z. flavus, Z. chloris and Z. citrinella. Geographical variation in plumage and size clinal across entire range, this further complicated by local variation in colour; races intergrade considerably and their validity perhaps doubtful, but genetic data suggest a split between W & E populations. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • balstoni Ogilvie-Grant, 1909 - coastal NW Australia from Shark Bay (including Dirk HartogI) E to Wotjulum (King Sound) and N Kimberley District.
  • luteus Gould, 1843 - coastal N Australia from N Kimberley District E, including coastal islands of Melville, Bickerton, Groote Eylandt and Sir Edward Pellew Group, to W Cape York Peninsula (Edward R); isolated population in E Queensland (region of Ayr-mouth of Burdekin R).

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