Australian Yellow White-eye (Zosterops luteus) - HBW 13, p. 462
French: Zostérops à ventre jaune
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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Yellow White-eye foraging in a mangrove swamp
Locality Karumba, Queensland, Australia
Lindsay Hansch 24 June 2013 11 weeks ago 4
Perched in a tree
Locality Derby, Western Australia, Australia
Lindsay Hansch 6 August 2010 2 years ago 3.8
Single bird in bush on coastal dunes
Locality Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (ssp luteus)
Mat Gilfedder 29 July 2009 3 years ago 3
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