White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Mascarene White-eye (Zosterops borbonicus) - HBW 13, p. 473

French: Zostérops des Mascareignes German: Maskarenenbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Mascareñas
Other common names: Bourbon White-eye, (Reunion/Mascarene) Grey White-eye; Mauritius Grey White-eye (mauritianus)

Taxonomy: Motacilla borbonica J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Bourbon and Madagascar; error = Île Bourbon (Réunion).
Race mauritianus sometimes considered to represent a separate species. Very variable in overall colour, and nominate race polymorphic and with partly clinal variation. Two additional races described from Réunion, alopekion (Cilaos) and xerophilus (Étang Salé les Bains), appear to be colour morphs of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • borbonicus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Réunion.
  • mauritianus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Mauritius.