White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Cape White-eye (Zosterops pallidus) - HBW 13, p. 470

French: Zostérops du Cap German: Kapbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de El Cabo
Other common names: (African) Pale/Pallid/Cape-and-Green White-eye; Green White-eye (virens, capensis, atmorii); Orange River White-eye (pallidus, sundevalli); Pale White-eye (pallidus, sundevalli, caniviridis)

Taxonomy: Zosterops pallida Swainson, 1838, east of Prieska, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Sometimes included in a superspecies with Z. abyssinicus, Z. senegalensis, Z. vaughani and Z. poliogastrus. Races capensis, virens and atmorii formerly treated as representing a separate species, nominate and sundevalli (often united with caniviridis) together constituting another species. Races atmorii and virens interbreed in Eastern Cape Province. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pallidus Swainson, 1838 - Namibia and W South Africa (W Northern Cape).
  • capensis Sundevall, 1850 - SW South Africa (E to W Eastern Cape).
  • caniviridis Clancey, 1962 - E & SE Botswana and adjacent N South Africa.

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  • pallidus Swainson, 1838 - Namibia and W South Africa (W Northern Cape).
  • capensis Sundevall, 1850 - SW South Africa (E to W Eastern Cape).
  • caniviridis Clancey, 1962 - E & SE Botswana and adjacent N South Africa.
  • sundevalli Hartlaub, 1865 - C South Africa (North West Province, E Northern Cape Province, Free State).
  • virens Sundevall, 1850 - extreme SW Mozambique, E South Africa (S to Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.
  • atmorii Sharpe, 1877 - Lesotho and adjacent South Africa (mainly W KwaZulu-Natal).